Talks Like a Duck… Don’t assume its a FROG. Often in EMS we either fail to see the big picture, or we fail to notice the obvious. Most of the time we fail to see the obvious. If a case presents as a cardiac chest pain–treat it as such. If it presents as a SOB, treat it as such.
Use linear thinking to get you to the right treatment, but start at the beginning. I’ve had a few calls this week where my partners refused to see the obvious. They decided that dispatch was correct and the patients symptoms were wrong.
Expect more later. Also, I found our “protocol” books. Last revision, DECEMBER 1996.