10 Simple Steps to EMS Success
An incompetent EMT is a useless EMT. Know the basics. Practice. Read. Get better. Every patient deserves competent care. Provide it.
People watch. Everything we do is scrutinized. If they must watch, give them something of value to watch . You are setting an example to everybody on scene. Make sure it is an example to be proud of.
Lead, follow or get out of the way. Sometimes you have to lead. When it’s your turn, do it well. People need direction, especially in an emergency. Take control.
Lead, Follow or Get out of the way. Too many cooks kill the patient. Following orders is just as important as giving them. And, if you need to get out of the way you are in the wrong line of work!
5. Know Thy Patient’s Name
Say it. Even if they are unconscious, seizing, having a stroke or dying. It brings comfort to the family, comfort to the provider and eases the patient’s anxiety.
6. Know Thy Place
We are not doctors. We are not gods. We are people trained to provided emergency medical services within the parameters of state protocols.
7. Less is More
Stabilize. Make comfortable. Transport.
8. Be Nice
People call us because they are looking for help. They are not looking for lectures. Or contempt.
9. Be Cool
No matter what happens around us remember, during the call you, your crew and your patient are the center of the universe. Nothing can rattle you if your scene is secure.
10. Be Excellent to Each Other
George Carlin told this to Bill and Ted after their Excellent Adventure, and it stands true in every aspect of life.