Run dialysis machines to help patients with kidney problems.
A Life Support Coordinator coordinates and monitors all therapies in a hospital or pre-hospital setting that keep people alive when they’re critically ill or injured. If you think a Life Support Coordinator is the person in charge of turning off your Aunt Linda’s life support machine, you’ve been watching too many movies. Life support isn’t just about mechanical ventilators that do patients’ breathing for them. It’s about an entire spectrum of therapies and techniques ranging from the use of catheters and feeding tubes to defibrillation and CPR.
As a Life Support Coordinator, you’re a Nurse, Paramedic, or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) who’s been trained to deliver such lifesaving therapies. Your job isn’t administering them, however. Instead, it’s managing them.
Think of it this way: If saving lives were a business — Lifesaving Inc. — you’d work in its product marketing division. Like a Product Marketing Engineer liaises between consumers and Engineers to design high-quality products, you liaise between patients and healthcare providers to ensure high-quality care.
To do so, you focus mostly on training and education. Under the direction of an Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, you act as a Training and Development Specialist for EMTs. You coordinate and deliver certification, training, and continuing education programs, and evaluate their knowledge, skill level, and job performance against county, state, and federal standards.
In addition, it’s your job to ensure quality care and customer satisfaction by interviewing patients and families, investigating and addressing patient complaints, inspecting mobile intensive care units, and conducting regular reviews of life-support policies and procedures.
At the end of the day, you’re all about quality control — because lives depend on it!