As a former EMT-A (emergency medical technician - advanced) and

West Wildwood - As a former EMT-A (emergency medical technician - advanced) and a retired nurse who can easily tell a real paramedic from an EMT-B (emergency medical technician - basic), I find it disheartening and disturbing to hear a 'B' call him or herself a medic or paramedic. The definition of the word basic is "lowest in level." They can't get any lower than lowest, either in certification or character, trying to mislead someone who trusts them with their life.

Editor's Note: 
From the state of New York's website: EMT-B's must be able to "function in uncommon situations," and "respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and to transport the patient to a medical facility."
Print Publication Date: 
7/18/2018
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