A paramedic is a healthcare professional who responds to medical emergencies outside of a hospital. Paramedics mainly work as part of emergency medical services (EMS), most often in ambulances. The scope of practice of a paramedic varies among countries, but generally includes autonomous decision making around the emergency care of patients.
In common usage, the term 'paramedic' refers to any ambulance personnel. In some countries, there is an official distinction among ambulance personnel between paramedics and emergency medical technicians, in which paramedics have additional qualifications and are accountable to a professional regulatory body