Some tips on being a helpful part of an emergency scene:
Make an effort to control your emotion and stay calm
Do answer questions as directly and accurately as possible with relevance to events of the incident.
Do not crowd the scene, speak-over others, direct or demand providers.
Please remember, this is our daily job and professional field of practice.
When our respectful and professional EMS providers arrive they need to collect some important information; you can expect to be requested by your Paramedic in addition to events of the emergency for the following information.
Name, age, date of birth, address, phone number, social security number, primary care physician’s name.
Major medical conditions (heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes). Past medical problems (heart attacks, strokes, surgeries).
We must be aware of all current medications – Names & dosages.
Including over-the-counter and herbal/holistic medicines/supplements.
Allergies to Medications
Any known allergies or sensitivities. (The specific type of reactions)
All of this information must be obtained quickly & upon contact, as it serves to complete our assessment of the condition and is needed to safely continue the treatment course. The most accurate and effective way to communicate a majority of the information to your provider is a pre-written list printed on a simple piece of paper or a flash card.
This will allow our providers to conduct a proper initial assessment and determine if a specialty resource hospital (Trauma,Stroke,Cardiac) is needed. If this is needed you will be advised of the reasoning. Normal transports will be conducted to the patients hospital of choice within reason.
Hospitals within reason of LPEMS: