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 Officers and paramedics tried to revive him for more than 10 minutes, stopping only to check for a pulse. Audrey Mcnamara And Mola Lenghi, CBS News, "Fotis Dulos, man charged with killing his wife, is pronounced dead, attorney says," 30 Jan. 2020 However, knowing this handy command can be useful to follow while waiting for paramedics to arrive. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The More You Know: Amazon's Alexa Will Walk You Through CPR When an Emergency Strikes," 14 Jan. 2020 Though the rapper was alive when paramedics arrived, he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Yellowcard Proceeding With Juice WRLD Copyright Lawsuit After Rapper's Death," 18 Dec. 2019 Instead, on the way to the hospital, Snook went into cardiac arrest, depriving her and her unborn babies of oxygen for at least 20 minutes as paramedics tried to save her life, those close to her later learned. NBC News, "She hoped to shine a light on maternal mortality among Native Americans. Instead, she became a statistic of it.," 6 Feb. 2020 His department has taken the lead for the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition in tracking and reporting daily overdose paramedic calls and hospital admissions. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Hamilton County's health commissioner, Tim Ingram, to retire after 27 years on the job," 3 Feb. 2020 Police and paramedics provided emergency medical aid, but Henriksen was pronounced dead at the scene. oregonlive, "Portland police fired less-lethal and rifle shots simultaneously at Koben Henriksen in SE Portland, records reveal," 31 Jan. 2020 According to Honolulu Emergency Service Department, bystanders jumped into action and were able to bring Dayoan to shore, where lifeguards and paramedics administered life-saving measures. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "70-Year-Old California Tourist Dies After Boogie Boarding Incident in Hawaii," 24 Jan. 2020 She and others began CPR and used the AED while waiting for paramedics, Burgess said. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, "Athletic trainer goes into action after Crenshaw coach Ed Waters collapses," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of paramedic

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paramedic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paramedic. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for paramedic

paramedic

noun
How to pronounce paramedic (audio)

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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