Here a few tricks I found really helpful when I was brand spanking new out on the road. Sharing is caring, as they say, so here you go:
- When en route to a call, write down a matrix of vital signs including the time they were taken time on your glove. That way, when you at the patients bedside (or roadside), you will have a stuctured table to write down vital signs in, tracking trends, plus you won’t forget any specific vital signs (I like to forget the BP cuff every now and then)
- Also, when you are en route, write down the name of the patient on your glove (provided you are given a name). I always like to forget names, but patients respond much better to being called by their name (it does makes it more personal). Plus, if you are picking a patient up from a nursing home, you won’t have to run back to the van to get that name you forgot about.
- Carry a whiteboard marker with you. At the end of a call, write up the items you ned to restock you need on the inside of the van windscreen or side window. Also, if you are driving and you hear something in the back that you want to ask the attendant about later, you can whip out the pen when you are stopped at a red light, write it down and ask later. Also good for temporarily vandalising colleagues vans 🙂