Hmmmm. Let me see...
- Listen. Your patients can tell you things... lots of things... about themselves and their history.
- Hold a hand. Sometimes a touch is all they really need.
- Be decent in word and deed. If you do not, it'll come around and bite you.
- Non-EMS people really do NOT understand our humor. Keep it in the station or the truck.
- (as above) Emesis basins work great as deflectors...
- (as above) Suction Cannisters catch emesis quite well.
- If your patient looks sick, they probably are sicker than they look.
- Pack your lunch.
- And patients can (and some will) lie to you. And the Nurse. And the Doctor... stick around long enough and you'll hear the story change.
- Above all, the most we can do is nudge patients towards life. Your patient will do what they'll do. Sometimes the nudge can be a bit of a shove though...
- Don't be afraid to say "I don't know, but I'll find out..." and do it.
- And nobody dies in my ambulance. On Scene or in the ED... fine. My ambulance? I might take issue with that...
- Oh, and have fun. If you don't like what you're doing and you're not having fun, well, burnout is mentally worse than being kicked in the head by a donkey. That's a clear sign to find another line of work.