paramedic

noun
para·​med·​ic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈme-dik How to pronounce paramedic (audio) , ˌpa-rə-\
variants: or less commonly paramedical \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈme-​di-​kəl How to pronounce paramedical (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \

Definition of paramedic

1 : a person who works in a health field in an auxiliary capacity to a physician (as by giving injections and taking X-rays)
2 : a specially trained medical technician licensed to provide a wide range of emergency services (such as defibrillation and the intravenous administration of drugs) before or during transportation to a hospital — compare emt

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The History of Paramedic

In ground warfare, wounded troops must usually be transported from the front lines back to field hospitals, and trained paramedical personnel—that is, nondoctors, usually known as medics or corpsmen—were first widely used in such situations. It took many decades for the wartime model to be applied effectively to ordinary peacetime medicine. With advances in medical technology (such as defibrillators, for restarting a heart after a heart attack), paramedics became an essential part of emergency medicine, and today hundreds of thousands of people owe their lives to paramedics. Paraprofessionals who work only in hospitals and clinics usually go by other titles.

Examples of paramedic in a Sentence

She's training to be a paramedic.

Recent Examples on the Web

Footage showed two bloodied men being lifted onto stretchers by paramedics. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — Black-clad protesters hurled gasoline bombs at government offices in central Hong Kong on Sunday, as a day that began with a peaceful march by tens of thousands of prodemocracy demonstrators descended into clouds of tear gas deployed by police and ugly brawls between civilians.," 16 Sep. 2019 Footage showed two bloodied men being lifted onto stretchers by paramedics. New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Hurl Gasoline Bombs at Government Offices," 15 Sep. 2019 Bartholomew said the occupants of the vehicle are being treated by paramedics at the scene. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Caltrain collides with occupied vehicle in San Mateo," 6 Sep. 2019 The report said that Olson, 18, was struck on the freeway north of 37th Street, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Recent CdM graduate Matt Olson dies in fatal car crash," 24 Aug. 2019 Vazquez was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and the dog that was struck later died. Fox News, "Texas dad charged with homicide after 12-year-old daughter crashes SUV into man and his dog," 17 Aug. 2019 He was eventually released and escorted from the airport by paramedics, but his brief detention has sparked outrage across mainland China. Steven Jiang, CNN, "The man taking on Hong Kong from deep inside China's propaganda machine," 16 Aug. 2019 She and the truck driver were evaluated by paramedics at the scene and released. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Garbage truck slams into Vestavia Hills home," 16 Aug. 2019 Baldridge listed three sources of income last year – serving as an Adams County commissioner, an Anderson Township firefighter/paramedic, and his agriculture business, Baldridge Bio-Research. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio’s execution method is constitutional, appeals court rules: Capitol Letter," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of paramedic

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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paramedic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paramedic

: a person whose job is to provide emergency medical care to sick or injured people who are being taken to a hospital

paramedic

noun
para·​med·​ic | \ ˌper-ə-ˈme-dik How to pronounce paramedic (audio) \

Kids Definition of paramedic

: a person specially trained to care for a patient before or during the trip to a hospital

paramedic

noun
para·​med·​ic | \ ˌpar-ə-ˈmed-ik How to pronounce paramedic (audio) \
variants: also paramedical \ -​i-​kəl How to pronounce paramedical (audio) \

Medical Definition of paramedic

1 : a person who works in a health field in an auxiliary capacity to a physician (as by giving injections and taking X-rays)
2 : a specially trained medical technician certified to provide a wide range of emergency medical services (as defibrillation and the intravenous administration of drugs) before or during transport to the hospital — compare emt

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