Professions

The common thread? Respect of these three inalienable values throughout all of our care: Knowledge, Expertise, Interpersonal skills!

Paramedics

The paramedic ensures independent emergency pre-hospital care, in connection with other health care and rescue professionals. Paramedics work under doctors for all medical interventions. Their services address either patients in emergency situations or those who cannot access a medical institution on their own accord.

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To become a paramedic

Paramedic training takes place within dedicated higher schools. The training lasts for 3 years. Practical training takes place within Swiss Ambulance Rescue, where each student works with a specific mentor.

Continuing vocational training

In order to ensure exceptional care, paramedics are required to follow 40 hours of continuing vocational training per year, which is a guarantee of quality for the care of others. These courses could be in a plethora of domain, such as anesthesia, emergency room, or advanced medical courses (PHTLS / ACLS / AMLS, etc.), and can be taken internally, thanks to a training team that regularly offers services within Swiss Ambulance Rescue.

Each search and rescue employee receives a budget (X) dedicated to financing this continuing vocational training, and the hours used in class can be recovered as time off.

Ambulance Technicians

You have a strong interest in human relations and like to confront unforeseen events. You have the capacity to work in a team and know how to effectively and efficiently deal with issues. You have a high sense of priority and practical sense. Therefore, this position is made for you.

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To become an Ambulance technician

An ambulance technician requires a year or 1,500 hours of training in order to possess the basic competences required to give proper care and appropriately assist a paramedic in the field.

Continuous vocational training

Ambulance technicians are also required to follow continuous vocational training of at least 30 hours per year through BLS or ALS courses.

Students

Internal student training represents guaranteed quality for the company. It allows one to review and learn practical knowledge through exchange, maintain useful skills and competences, and adopt an exemplary professional attitude.

If you wish to help others and think you have what it takes – the capacity to adapt quickly to situations and a highly-developed team spirit – then you are made for this career.

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Schools

There are multiple ways to receive the certification required to become an ES paramedic or ambulance technician. There are four schools in Switzerland that offer this training:

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Management

At Swiss Ambulance Rescue, our management decided to put a pedagogical reference in place, in order to provide all students with a similar framework. This allows you to understand our company policy, current pedagogical concepts, academic expectations, and credentials concept. You will be followed by a referent that is part of a credentials pool, overseen by a team of certified instructors.

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Ambulance Driver

Under supervision of an ambulance technician, ambulance drivers take care of inter-hospital transports as well as national and international repatriation. Their knowledge of invalid person mobilization provides immeasurable comfort during stretcher or bed transfers, and their driving experience ensures optimal transport for all patients.

Ambulance drivers can also use their knowledge in first aid to help in cases of patients with worsening conditions, most notably by performing CPR or using an AED defibrillator on those in cardiac arrest. During long-distance repatriations, drivers are also called to stay near the patient in the vehicle to ensure constant contact and to respond to any requests if necessary.

Training

Ambulance drivers benefit from a basic ambulance technician assistance training and must renew their BLS-AED certification.

These courses teach the in depth-study and optimal application of basic life support, most notably the automatic external defibrillator for both children and adults while being fully aware of personal safety in different situations.

Doctor

The on-team doctor is held liable for all paramedic acts, including direction of care, management and administration of medication, and the supervision of numerous internal sanitary procedures (adequate disinfection, biological waste disposal, etc.). The on-team doctor also insures all paramedic training, oversees evaluations and skill assessments, and validates each team member’s right to practice.

Paramedic care, such as specialized health diagnostics, treatment, medication administration and the medical procedures that follow, must be performed by the paramedic on behalf of the on-team doctor.
The on-team doctor therefore conveys and authorizes each act to the paramedic, who must beforehand prove his or her theoretical and practical knowledge and accomplish compulsory continuous training hours. Complete trust in the paramedic and his or her expertise on the doctor’s behalf is a key element in this relationship of mutual accountability.

Who is he?

Swiss Ambulance Rescue is proud to have on its team Dr. Philippe Dussoix.

According to the canton of Geneva’s health authority (the Geneva Directorate-General for Health), the authorization of a medical transportation company’s operations are conditioned by the presence of at least one doctor. They must hold specialized FMH certification, (the most often being in Anesthesiology or General Internal Medicine) as well as additional training in Emergency medicine.

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Roles

The doctor responds to a leading role that assumes work supervision, service adequacy, health insurance relationships, and treatment of third-party complaints. They have a role to protect the patient against infectious diseases, amongst others, and equally protect paramedics in regards to their quality of service against third parties.

They are most notably responsible for:

  • supervision and appointment of care performed by paramedics
  • authorization of company operations
  • training and skill assessments
  • liability towards the canton, insurances, and complaints
  • Paramedic job defense