So I just wanted to post my method for improving awareness on medical calls and see if any of you vets had some other hints and tips.
The biggest thing I do is I think about my calls quite a bit. This doesn't bother me mentally or anything so don't worry about that part of it. I do this so I can critique what I did so i don't do it again the next time.
Any all all hints and tips are welcome, please fill this post up!
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01-22-2010, 12:53 AM #1
Methods for improving on handling calls
01-22-2010, 01:16 AM #2
Don't over think it, you will drive yourself nuts.
Nothing will ever go perfect or "by the book", it's an emergency situation. You adapt and overcome. You will learn tricks of the trade to make life easier too.
The only advice I can give is stop overthinking it. You know when a call doesn't go well, or when you make a mistake, or when something just plain and simple goes to crap. Sure, think of ways to improve it for next time but don't over analyze things.Jason Knecht
Altoona Fire Dept.
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01-22-2010, 04:40 PM #3
Anytime a call is "special" as in we did more take vitals and load someone on the ambulance's stretcher, I like doing a quick 3 up / 3 down. ARR (After Action Review) is what we called it in the Army. Everyone can add their two cents, rank is tossed out the window for a few moments, and we come up with three things that went well and three things to improve on. You can do this informally as you drive back to the station.
Often this is the best way to iron out wrinkles that SOPs don't cover.
Don't dwell on it. Figure out if there is something to improve on and improve that aspect of your service.
01-24-2010, 02:38 PM #4
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i agree with dickey....
just slow down and take your time and think things through and you'll move much faster and recall your treatments alot easier.
if you focus on moving at lightning speed then you will do just that.. and you'll lose focus on what you are actually supposed to be doing.
01-24-2010, 02:50 PM #5
Concentrate on staying in control. Don't let your heart race away with your brain.
One of the best things that helped me was taking a SCUBA class when I was a teenager. The instructor was very careful about making sure we knew to stay calm and to focus on our breathing should something bad happen underwater.
That followed me into firefighting and wearing a mask and as an EMT and then a nurse.I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.
"The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."
"When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."
01-24-2010, 10:53 PM #6
Thinking about your calls a little bit is really helpful I also do a 3up/3down after each call.
01-26-2010, 12:19 PM #7
Do what you were trained to do. It is similar to firefighting, you can't fight the fire until you arrive on the scene. Yes you can do pre-planning but still have to wait until you arrive to get working.
Same thing for EMS, you first have to arrive and make patient contact before you can begin working.
If you sit, in your idled time and think about this or that, you will become a zombie and when you do get a call, you would be useless.
All the anxious stuff will pass when you've been in it for some time.Stay Safe and Well Out There....
Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers
01-26-2010, 03:33 PM #8FF/Paramedic
01-26-2010, 07:42 PM #9
01-27-2010, 12:24 AM #10
Don't underestimate the call. Be prepared for the worst until you know better. What sounds like a routine medical aid call may turn into a rescue situation, a violent patient, multiple victims, etc.
01-28-2010, 03:36 PM #11
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Don't get excited. Remember your training. It's easier to remember your training if you're not excited.
It's YOUR job.
It's SOMEONE ELSE'S emergency.
You can't do YOUR job if it becomes YOUR emergency.
01-31-2010, 10:04 AM #12
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