Recent misunderstandings and differences in opinion have reminded me of the multitude of names (and misnomers) applied to our line of work.
For clarification and standardisation, I am using the International Paramedic recommendations:
- The Paramedic is the professional practitioner
- A Paramedic Service is the provider of emergency medical services staffed by paramedics; and
- Paramedicine is the discipline and the area of medical study and knowledge.
Source: International Paramedic. Initiation Document (2011), retrieved from http://internationalparamedic.org