A paramedic is a person who has completed a minimum bachelor' s degree at the Medical University.
The Act on State Emergency Medical Services (September 8th, 2006) defines both the notion of "paramedic" and the "rescuer". Pursuant to the Act, a Rescuer is a person who has completed a 66 hour course of qualified first aid, and is authorised to take specific actions when a person in a state of emergency health and safety risk. The paramedic is a profession that allows for independent or at the doctor's command to perform medical rescue operations, including administering medications necessary at a given level of rescue operation. Simply explained, a paramedic is a profession, while a rescuer is a specific entitlement.
The Qualified First Aid course that Centrum Ratownictwa pursue allows you to be "the Rescuer" not "Paramedic". The title of "paramedic" can only be used after completing the relevant studies at the Medical University.
Requirements, duties, rights in both cases are specified in the Act on State Emergency Medical Services (dated on 8 September 2006). Requirements for the paramedics are specified in art. 10 of this Act. A paramedic is a person who graduated BA studies in the field of emergency medicine. The basic entitlement of a paramedic is independent or under the supervision of a physician providing health services, including medical emergency procedures.
The rescuer is a person who completed the Qualified First Aid course and passed the state examination. The scope of operation of the rescuer is not as broad as a paramedic, but he participates in rescue operations and also his task is to help the victims. The rescuer has have full authority to providing qualified first aid. The entitlement of Rescuer are required from all services arriving to the accident before medical services, i.e. from policemen, firemen, water and mountain rescuers.
In addition to the Police, units of the State Fire Departement, mountain or water rescuers, the units cooperating with the PRM system are also rescue organizations which, as part of their statutory tasks are obliged to help people in emergency situations. The register of these units is kept by the Governor competent for each province.
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