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Been doing EMS along time. Damn near 40 years and if you could Johnny and Roy as training tapes damn near 50 years...With that said this new young culture of EMS are mostly clueless, careless, don't listen to nothing...
1 . If someone tells you the truck is OK then you really need to check it.
2. Talking to your patient is just as important as assessment and treatment.
3. No tobacco means no tobacco.
4. When it's below 50 outside the stretcher needs more than one thin bath blanket.
**** Rule of thumb " always put a sheet and two bath blankets with pillow and towel and a heavy blanket under the head rest.***
5. When in the service area don't waste the dispatchers time and ask to get fuel just do it. And if a call comes in go on the call...
6.. always treat a call as a new call no matter how many times you go to uncle so-so. Look at them Everytime as a new patient and take no short cuts.
7. Take the dirty linen back to the hospital.its easy to put it in a pillow case and drop it off.
8. Never trust a purple bath blanket to lift a patient. They are too prone to rip.
9. Take the full sharps container to the hospital, the nurses are kind enough to allow you to dispose it.
10..Empty the trash before your shift is over in the station and in the truck..
11. Always take a jump bag, monitor and oxygen in on every call.
12 . 4 straps on the back board, those two straps on the stretcher don't count.
OK OK not that I'm perfect because believe you me it took me a while to figure out I was the colprit the first few years as well but " so it goes"
Have a great day...."Stay alert Stay alive"
Written by Thomas David Carter