Alaska Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT)
The Emergency Trauma Technician training program is a minimum of 40 hours and teaches the basics of emergency medical care. Courses are taught by certified instructors and occur throughout the state. The ETT course can be modified to meet the particular needs of the students or community. Regardless of modifications, the course will always exceed the content found in the 1995 revision of the National Standard First Responder training program.
Job Description for the Emergency Trauma Technician
An Emergency Trauma Technician:
1. Responds to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, to:
Transport the patient to a medical facility
Transport the patient to other rescuers
Wait on scene with the patient for additional rescuers
2. After being dispatched, the ETT responds to the scene in a safe and expeditious manner, having regard for weather and traffic. Observes statutes, regulations, and ordinances regarding emergency response in either a private vehicle or an ambulance.
3. Upon arrival at the scene, parks safely and performs a “size-up” of the scene to determine safety, mechanism of injury or nature of illness, the number of patients, and the need for additional resources. Responds to the scene in a calm, controlled manner. In the absence of law enforcement personnel, creates a safe traffic environment.
4. Determines and uses personal protective equipment, such as gloves, mask, eye protection, and helmet/hard hat; all required at the scene.
5. Determines the nature and extent of illness or injury and establishes priority for required emergency care and transport. Based on assessment findings, renders appropriate medical care to patients of all ages, while remaining in the ETT scope of practice.
6. Maintains control over the scene by reassuring patients and bystanders, working with confidence and efficiency, and avoiding undue haste and mishandling.
7. Follows appropriate extrication procedures, when a patient is trapped, and safely using extrication devices that are suitable for the situation. Assessing the extent of injuries prior to extrication, protecting the patient during the procedure and removing the patient safely and efficiently. Requests additional resources for extrication, if necessary.
8. Complies with regulations on handling of the deceased, notifies authorities, and arranges for protection of property and evidence at the scene.
9. Lifts patients, backboards, and stretchers in a safe manner using proper body mechanics.
10. Safely transfers patients to ambulance, airplane or helicopter.
11. Constantly assesses the patient while en route or while awaiting incoming medical personnel.
12. Reports to incoming medical personnel or personnel at the receiving medical facility the nature and extent of the injuries, the number of patients, vital signs and treatment rendered.
13. After each response, restocks all supplies, cleans equipment and is fully prepared for the next response.
14. Attends continuing medical education sessions in order to maintain proficiency as required by local protocols and the state.
15. Maintains knowledge of regulations related to mandatory training and reporting requirements.
16. Reports hazardous material incidents, search and rescue cases, and disasters, to the appropriate agencies.
17. Participate in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions following stressful, critical emergency calls.
Initial assessment and support treatment for life threatening conditions
Opening and maintaining a clear airway
Obtaining a history and vital signs
Protecting patient from environment
Performing detailed or focused assessment
Bandaging and dressing wounds
Assisting in childbirth
Managing respiratory, cardiac, diabetic, allergic, behavioral and environmental emergencies
Treating suspected poisonings
Searching for medical information emblems
Cost Per Person: $450 Tuition includes a textbook, materials and supplies.
Registration: There is a non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 due upon registration. Registration can be paid by emailing us your credit card information or calling Alaska Search Rescue and Survival Training, LLC with credit card information. The remaining $350.00 can be paid by the first day of class.
NOTE: Emergency Trauma Technicians are not technically "certified" by the State of Alaska and therefore do not receive the limited immunity from liability conferred by AS 18.08.086.