EMT National Registry

Understanding The Criteria

By: - Science - July 20, 2011
emt national registry understanding the criteria

The EMT National Registry is there to verify the certification of individuals used in emergency response to health care needs, whether in hospitals or at the scene of an accident.  The EMT National Registry data covers everything that an applicant has achieved in the past and has achieved recently in the areas of emergency medical care.  Not only are the results of their entry requirements recorded, but the results of their psychomotor and cognitive exams.  It is a means by which emergency medical personnel can keep themselves up to date with current and new technologies, techniques and procedures, but most importantly ensure the general public that they have the skills, know-how and ability to continue providing emergency medical care if and when needed, anywhere and anytime they are required.

The EMT National Registry has requirements for entry that are very strict.  The applicant has to be a minimum of eighteen years or older and have successfully completed their state’s EMT course at the basic level, meeting or exceeding the standards set down for basic grades by the US Dept. of Transportation’s EMT Basic National Curriculum, as well as having done so within the most recent 2 years.  This then has to be verified by the course director through the NREMT’s website.  For those who have already been included in the EMT National Registry data base, maintenance of state licensing in the basic level must be maintained and verifiable with valid documentation about having completed the course.  Confirmation has to be afforded regarding CPR health care provider credentials, as well as competent demonstration of the basic skills at the EMT level.  Finally, a person must show that they have had a successful passing mark on the psychomotor exam.

The EMT National Registry process for applicants and the maintenance of up to date information for their EMT National Registry data is continuous.  Applicants and updating people continue to go through verified certification, cognitive exams, and the testing of their knowledge of human EMS operations, medical issues, cardiology, trauma, oxygenation, ventilation and airways.  Though the majority of their testing is done in relation to adult care, about fifteen percent applies to infants and young children.  However, though there is a lapse time allowed for late registration and updating information on the registry, anyone who has let the lapse in testing go longer than two years has to do a refresher course before they can be retested and admitted to the registry.  This means that even the most qualified EMS worker will have to spend one hour with preparatory work, two hours relearning about airways, two hours studying infants/children/OB, three hours of patient assessment, four hours on medical issues/behaviors, four hours on trauma care and eight hours on chosen electives.  Certain states will not approve registration on late recertifications done through continued education, but enforce the need for the refresher course.

Photo – emergency room worker Florence Nightingale – public domain photo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Florence_Nightingale_1920_reproduction.jpg

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