EMS Tips

Look Your TV Best at Every Incident

NBC is scheduling an EMS drama for Fall 2009. I have often been told to assess and treat patients as if I was being filmed for the evening news. Watch this clip from NBC about the new show and then read Everyday EMS Tips for looking your “TV best” while on scene.

  1. Never rush onto the scene. Instead walk with a purpose towards the incident scanning for hazards, clues, and distractions
  2. Focus on patient needs by listening to and honoring the patient’s complaint and history without eye rolling, shoulder shrugs, big sighs, or sneering
  3. Look professional by wearing a crisp and clean uniform, as well as maintaining your physical and mental fitness
  4. Positively interact with other responders while on scene by listening to a first responder report, answering questions from police officers, and making specific requests for help

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.