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Basic Life Support Team

EMTs do not work alone. More often than not, they work with a group that aims to provide basic life support to patients that they are attending to. Their group is composed of individuals namely:

- First Responder
- Ambulance Driver
- Ambulance Care Assistant
- EMT - Basic

To understand the function of each unit, here is a rundown of all their tasks and responsibilities:

The First Responder

As implied, they are the part of the basic life support group that first arrives in the scene. Given the knowledge and training they receive, they are expected to know how to assess the situation and give further aid if necessary. If after assessing and providing first aid, they realize that the patient needs more help, he or she will then be required to alert the proper authorities adept to handle the situation. A first responder can be someone from the police or fire department or it can be a regular passerby. As long as they know how to perform the basics on first aid, then they can definitely help out when needed.

The Ambulance Driver

It is not just the vehicle that they drive, they are different because of the skills they have. Because an ambulance driver responds to urgent medical situations, he is expected to do so much more than just drive. More often, he is also trained to provide first aid if necessary and operate communications devices that keep him connected to both the victims and his home base.

Ambulance Care Assistant

Along with the driver, the ACA rides out in an ambulance to help the EMT in charge. They are primarily given the task to assist the EMT in lifting and moving the body of the patient into the vehicle. While in transit, they may perform several functions like putting on oxygen masks and taking note of the patient's vital signs.

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

EMTs more often carry on the tasks that an ambulance care assistant cannot do. They can administer IVs, give the patients medicine, apply more advanced aid to injuries, and in some cases carry out oxygen therapy.

While their responsibilities and tasks seem fairly advanced, EMT-B's are not authorized to perform surgeries or any other similar procedures to the patient. Those tasks are given to a different team with more skills.

Collectively, those individuals are known as the Basic Support Team. And as a team, they are expected to work together to ensure the patient's well being and survival. The Advanced Life Support Team can come into picture if more assistance is required.