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HindustanTimes Tue,02 Sep 2014
Emergency aid
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 03, 2013
First Published: 16:11 IST(3/9/2013)
Last Updated: 17:33 IST(3/9/2013)
Urgent matters: Using cutting-edge technology, paramedics provide high quality and timely care for patients requiring immediate attention

The lowdown


Paramedics are healthcare prfessionals who assist doctors in ­correct diagnosis and overall care of the patient, and ­management of the health facilities. Paramedics are ­technicians who work hand in hand with doctors and nurses to deliver effective ­medical care. Using cutting-edge ­technology, ­paramedics provide high ­quality and timely care for medical conditions requiring ­immediate ­attention. In countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, paramedics can be ­usually defined people or workers in the field of ­medical science that deals with ­pre-hospital emergency services. However, there are different types of ­paramedics ­­working in the ­healthcare sector all over the world like emergency medical ­technicians, lab ­technicians, ­radiology ­technicians, ­optometrists, ECG ­technicians etc. The requirement for trained ­professionals is tremendous in India where medical services are concerned. Most of the service ­providers use unskilled workers who learn on the job. Also, there aren’t many ­training institutes in India. This has opened up several career ­opportunities for young aspirants. ­Well-trained paramedics can be placed in ­hospitals, diagnostic ­centres, ­polyclinics, nursing homes, ­specialty healthcare centres and research ­institutions

Clockwork
Paramedics may have to work in shifts. A typical day at work would be like this :
9am: Start dealing with patients
1.30pm: Lunch
2pm: Attend specialised clinics/in ward patients
3pm: Deal with patients with ­special needs
4pm: Complete file work/reports
5pm: Pack-up for the day and return home

The ­payoff
Payoff depends on the type of ­paramedic. A radiology technician can start from Rs. 10,000 per month and reach up to Rs. 50,000 per month. A healthcare assistant can get Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 15,000 per month. Starting salary of dialysis ­technicians can range from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 50,000 per month. A lab ­technician’s salary may vary from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 70,000 per month depending on his/her ­expertise and seniority

Skills/TRAITS
* Caring and empathetic nature and highly developed ­communication skills
* The capacity to remain calm, think clearly and act quickly in an emergency
* A team player who is also self-reliant if required
* Able to adapt to any situation and resilient
* Has the ability to follow instructions and guidelines
* Physical fitness
* Willingness to work for prolonged durations and on evening and weekends 
* Ability to work in rotational shifts. Should have presence of mind to take the right decision during an emergency

Getting there
There are a number of paramedical colleges in India that offer courses in the field of paramedical science. The course duration varies from six months to three years, depending on the type of course. There are ­certificate courses, diploma ­courses, bachelor courses, masters programmes and even PhD ­programmes available in certain streams. Talking about the eligibility, one has to pass Class 12 level with science stream from a recognised board/university

Institutes and URLs
* All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; www.aiims.edu
* Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi; www.ignou.ac.in
* Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical Institute, New Delhi; www.rgpcindia.com
* Indian Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Lucknow; iipsinstitute.com/Institute.html
* Delhi Paramedical and Management Institute; www.dpmiindia.com
* Institute of Allied Health Sciences, Kolkata:www.iahs.co.in
* Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Center, Bangalore; www.vims.ac.in
* Moulana Institute of Nursing and Paramedical Sciences, Kerela www.moulanahospital.com

Pros and cons
* Job satisfaction, you get a chance to touch people’s lives and make an impact
* No dearth of jobs
* Competitive earning potential
* Exciting and challenging work
* Requires a lot of hard work
* Sometimes you have to do night shifts and work on holidays

India has a severe shortage of trained paramedical personnel. This has opened up career opportunities for young aspirants. We need an organised framework for paramedical training ----Vanita Mittal, medical director – Delhi region, Aapka Urgicare


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