Contemplating life.

International Guidelines and Protocols

Ever wanted to know how other paramedic services work? What drugs they use? What their algorithms look like?

Well, look no further. I trawled the internet, brought my old list up to date and stuck it all in a convenient PDF for your viewing convenience!

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a beginning nonetheless. If you know of any guidelines I have missed, please contact me, I’d like for this to grow.

Have fun!

How To: Mobile Guidelines/Protocols

Following from yesterdays post how to add flash cards to you smartphone – here the second part how to add you guidelines/protocols and how to keep everything neat and tidy. Same equipment used as last time.

1. Get an electronic copy of you guidelines/protocols.My service has them on the staff intranet, many services make them freely available online (a few here), and some…

…I guess you’ll have begin harassing your boss, or just start typing (hey, it’s a good way to process and learn the stuff!)

2. For easier access in stressful situations (i.e. on the way to an emergency), I have taken out the most important pages of my guidelines, and made individual PDF documents. In this instance, I am making a single PDF for Epipens (n.b.: we don’t carry Epipens, it’s from the volunteer guidelines. Email me for clarification.

3. Highlight the page you want to single out on the right hand sidebar

4. Open a Finder window

5. Drag the highlighted page to the finder window. It will appear as the filename with the name appendage ‘(dragged)’

For ease of overview, I have all drugs as slideshow flashcards for learning purposes in a flashcard folder, plus all my individual drugs and guidelines in a PDF folder for quick reference on the way to a job. Here’s how to sort it nicely:

1. On you iPhone/iPod Touch, go in to iBooks. Tap on the ‘Books’ button, top middle (in the below screenshot it says ‘Flash Cards’. You will get the ‘Collections’ menu. Tap ‘New’, and add the collections you want. I have my guidelines in ‘PDFs’, and my flash cards in ‘Flash Cards’, as you can see. Tap ‘Done’.

2. You will have a bunch of files in your folder. Tap the top left button ‘Edit’ – this is the screen you will see:

3. Mark all the ones you want to move to a specific category. In this instance, I will be moving Amiodarone, Aspirin, Cophenylcaine and Fentanyl to the ‘PDFs’ category.

4. Tap to select your category, and tap ‘Done’.

5. All my Flash Cards are in the Flash Cards category. To change to my PDFs category, just tap the top middle button.

No excuse not to have all your guidelines/protocols in your pocket anymore!

Hope it helps, and that it wasn’t too difficult.. As always, any questions at all feel free to email me.

How To: Mobile flashcards

For all you smartphone users: Take your guidelines with you on your phone, and make easy flashcards for on-the-go study!

Equipment used was MacBookPro running OS X 10.6.6, Apples iWork Keynote and an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.2.1, with iBooks 1.2.1 installed. Other hardware and software options should work in a similar fashion.


1. Create a presentation. For learning my medications, I have the prompts on one slide, and the answer on the following; e.g. Indications / list of indications / contraindications / list of contraindications.

2. Save the presentation as a PDF document (Share -> Export -> PDF). For other programs you may have to print the file to PDF (OS X), or save a file as PDF.

3. Go to your iTunes library, click on ‘Books’ in the left menu bar. Open a Finder window at the location where you have saved you PDF flashcards, then drag and drop them in to the main area (the grey colored file hovering there is me just dragging it from the Finder window to the iTunes window. Be sure to name them properly, so you know what you’re looking for in the heat of the moment.

4. Sync your iPhone/iPod Touch with your computer.

5. Switch to you iPhone/iPod Touch. You should see your imported PDF documents!

6. Start studying to your brains content!

7. Stuck? Send me an email!

Tomorrow: How to easily put your guidelines and protocols on to your smartphone, and keep everything in order. Until then – happy studies!

EDIT: I received an email from a reader who uses the Flashcards app. I did not know about the app, but also wanted to stay with apps that I already have on the phone.

Thanks though for pointing it out Chris!