What is your 'opening line'
Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:11 AM
I am a 3rd yr Paramedic (ALS) student from Australia.
I am just wondering what everyone uses as their 'first line', after introducing themselves. i.e. Hi I am Bob and this is George, .".....................................,
I have been using. What can we do for you today ?. Or can you tell me what has happened ?
Thanks for your help, as it is not something that we have covered in class.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 02:17 AM
and always have a smile on your mug.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:00 AM
I'm thinking about transitioning soon to "Please state the nature of your medical emergency."
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:13 AM
Well that isn't normal.
That floor doesn't look very comfortable.
What kind of predicament have you got yourself into today?
Can I see your ID and medical card?
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:20 AM
"Sir/Ma'am don't move, can you take a deep breath for me and tell me where it hurts?" Bam; I got consent, A,B, and LOC done.
In a standard approach, I also like to use humor.
"Not the best day eh?"
"Whatchya doin down there?"
"Yuup.... thats a broke leg if I ever saw one"
Although it seems, and may in fact be, unprofessional; it lightens the mood and takes the emergent nature out of the call. In nearly 10 years I have yet to have anyone offended.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:37 AM
What the expletive did you call us for this time? Sign here and take that expletive phone away from her.
Edited by Arctickat, 23 June 2012 - 03:37 AM.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:20 AM
Seriously, something like "Hello there! I am _ and this is _ what's going on today?"
Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:47 AM
There are times where I have said nothing until after I started working on them...or it happens concurrently. I have opened with jokes, I have opened with my name and crew...just way too many variables.
Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:51 PM
And yes I have said that once
Posted 23 June 2012 - 09:38 PM
My initial survey indicated that both were concious, alert, and ambulatory. Self extricated from the car. The mom was sitting on the side of the road with her husband who had just arrived before us.(both of them being good friends of mine) I approached and knealt beside her, my first words were, "So, had a bit of a scare did ya?" Her hubby almost lost his mind. Something like "BIT OF A SCARE!!?? SHE F-IN NEAR HAD HER HEAD TAKEN OFF AND YOU CALL THAT A BIT OF A SCARE??!!" I just looked at him and asked "Is her head still attached?", "yes." "Then calm down, she and your daughter are gonna be fine."
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