Paramedics are the highest level of pre-hospital providers, according to "The Princeton Review," and are responsible for saving thousands of lives every year. They treat injured and sick people in emergency medical settings, and must make accurate diagnoses to determine the proper treatments
Paramedics respond to 911 emergencies such as car accidents, fires, tornadoes and athletes who are injured in sports events. They assess patients' conditions and treat them accordingly, whether they adminster CPR or apply tourniquets to stop massive bleeding. These medical workers also take patients' vital signs, transport them to hospitals, and discuss their injuries and condition with doctors and nurses. Paramedics are also responsible for checking equipment to ensure it's working properly, and keeping supplies such as bandages, neck braces and splints stocked in their vehicles. They must also write reports on all incidents and the treatments they administer.
Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor the physical and judicial laws of God and man. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law.
I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously in order to help make a better world for all mankind.
While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot.
So help me God.
•to conserve life, alleviate suffering, promote health, do no harm, and encourage the quality and equal availability of emergency medical care.
•to provide services based on human need, with compassion and respect for human dignity, unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race, creed, color, or status; to not judge the merits of the patient’s request for service, nor allow the patient’s socioeconomic status to influence our demeanor or the care that we provide.
•to not use professional knowledge and skills in any enterprise detrimental to the public well being.
•to respect and hold in confidence all information of a confidential nature obtained in the course of professional service unless required by law to divulge such information.
•to use social media in a responsible and professional manner that does not discredit, dishonor, or embarrass an EMS organization, co-workers, other health care practitioners, patients, individuals or the community at large.
•as a citizen, to understand and uphold the law and perform the duties of citizenship; as a professional, to work with concerned citizens and other health care professionals in promoting a high standard of emergency medical care to all people.
•to maintain professional competence, striving always for clinical excellence in the delivery of patient care.
•to assume responsibility in upholding standards of professional practice and education.
•to assume responsibility for individual professional actions and judgment, both in dependent and independent emergency functions, and to know and uphold the laws which affect the practice of EMS.
•to be aware of and participate in matters of legislation and regulation affecting EMS.
•to work cooperatively with EMS associates and other allied healthcare professionals in the best interest of our patients.
•to refuse participation in unethical procedures, and assume the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others to the appropriate authority in a proper and professional manner.
We are an Emergency Services District (ESD) - Created for the purpose of supporting or providing Emergency Medical Services to the people in ESD # 4.
ESD # 4 is a political subdivisions of the State of Texas, authorized by the Texas Legislature. ESD # 4 imposes a property tax to support or provide these services. In addition to other powers, our ESD may also own real or personal property, enter into contracts, employ officers, agents, employees, and accept donations.
Our ESD tax revenues may be used to hire full-time emergency personnel, contract with other entities that have full-time emergency medical departments, and/or purchase new equipment and facilities. ESD # 4 currently contracts with an emergency medical service provider. The ESD provides a stable funding source for these services.
Through these powers and stable funding, established ESDs have considerably reduced medical response times compared to volunteer services. ESD's provided stable funding for Emergency Medical Services, and allow local entities to provide enhanced services - thus saving lives, property, and funds for local citizens.
The establishment of our ESD resulted in a fair, evenly-shared financial support mechanism from all the citizens who have access to and receive emergency medical services from the district.
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The ESD may:
(1) acquire, purchase, hold, lease, manage, occupy, and sell real and personal property or an interest in property;; (2) enter into and perform necessary contracts;; (3) appoint and employ necessary officers, agents, and employees;; (4) sue and be sued;; (5) impose and collect taxes as prescribed by this chapter;; (6) accept and receive donations;; (7) lease, own, maintain, operate, and provide emergency services vehicles and other necessary or proper apparatus, instrumentalities, equipment, and machinery to provide emergency services;; (8) construct, lease, own, and maintain real property, improvements, and fixtures necessary to house, repair, and maintain emergency services vehicles and equipment;; (9) contract with other entities, including other districts or municipalities, to make emergency services facilities and emergency services available to the ESD;; (10) contract with other entities, including other districts or municipalities, for reciprocal operation of services and facilities if the contracting parties find that reciprocal operation would be mutually beneficial and not detrimental to the ESD;; (11) borrow money;; adopt a sales and use tax: bill for services and;; perform other acts necessary to carry out the intent of this chapter. § 775.031, § 775.036, § 775.040, § 775.100, et seq.,