Transfer Drug Course
Interhospital transports, like field work, will present the paramedic with a variety of conditions. These situations may range from the seemingly non-serious case of an individual receiving a vitamin infusion to the critical patient who has just suffered a myocardial infarction and is now receiving thrombolytic therapy. The standard EMT-Paramedic curriculum does not address the detailed use of ventilators, foley catheters, or chest tubes. Additionally, many of the medications that may be transported during interfacility transfers are not mentioned.
It would be impossible for the paramedic involved in transport work to keep abreast of all the pharmacologic agents available. It is however, incumbent on the transfer paramedic to maintain an above average knowledge of the more commonly used agents which their respective service may be called on to transport.
The Transfer Drug Course has been designed to acquaint the EMT-Paramedic with the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain and administer a wide variety of medications. Additionally, the maintenance of certain procedures, such as chest tubes, are addressed.
Page last updated: April 13, 2017