EMS Tips

4 Tips from an Experienced Paramedic

Reader David Elliot wrote me with these great tips:

1. Tape a copy of the APGAR parameters to the OB kits

2. Tape a copy of the rule of 9’s (adult and ped) to the burn sheets

3. Use the Broselow Tape to measure EVERY child or infant on the routine asthma’s, falls and febrile seizures to become more familiar with it

MCI Trailer Supplies4. Use triage tags more frequently, like every MVA with 2-3 patients to become more familiar

Tips 1 and 2 are what I call “Just-in-Time” training. The APGAR score calculation is in the place you need it at the time you need it.

Thanks David for sharing. David Elliott is Paramedic with Horry County Fire Department in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. He has been in fire and EMS since 1991 and began as Jr. in 1987 at age 14.


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.