Skills to Success
In a World Where There In No Gray
IT'S NOT ABOUT HOW QUICKLY a paramedic can insert an IV or intubate a patient or victim in trouble. It's not about being able to recognize a heart attack from a panic attack. Until it is. Medical knowledge is important in responding to life-and-death emergencies for paramedics.
But just as important are the qualities of paramedics that allow them to act decisively in the chaos of prehospital emergency medicine. And those qualities include character attributes and interpersonal skills that serve them well under pressure in a world where there is no gray.
This book reveals the inside knowledge of what it takes to be the best paramedic:
- Understand the role of essential attributes such as humility, integrity, compassion, drive, and accountability.
- Practice the crucial interpersonal skills such as teamwork, assessment, and the ability to act.
- Put it all together by using principles of decision-making such as the ability to analyze and anticipate, and take a logical approach to every call.
In this book, two veteran paramedics explain the skills for success in the field when seconds matter and judgement means everything. One section is devoted to developing the expectations and evaluation skills of the paramedic who trains others.
Samuel Adams is a Nationally Registered and Colorado State Certified Paramedic. He is certified through the CSFD for RSI (rapid sequence intubation). He started his EMS career working as an EMT basic in the Denver Metro area. After going through paramedic school he worked in the Denver area as a paramedic responding to 911 calls. He is on the CSFD TEMS unit for the city (Tactical EMS). His current assignment is as part of the wild land firefighting deployment team fo the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
Introduction: An Integrated Understanding
SECTION I: The Essential Attributes of a Professional First Responder
1: The Character of a First Responder
Ego or Pride
What Drives You?
Accountability and Responsibility
Ownership and Professionalism
2: Essential Interpersonal Skills
General and Self-Reflection
Set the Tone
Application of Knowledge
Ability to Act
SECTION II: Building a Framework for Success
3: Developing a Process
- Individual Process, Methodical Approach, Consistency
4: Building Confidence
5: There Is No Gray
6: Principles of Decision Making
Logic and Reason
Gut Feeling or Intuition
Personal Factors That Cloud Your Judgement
Consistency and Reliability
Open to New Information
Risk vs Reward
Analyze and Anticipate
Analyze what you have done
Knowledge or Action
SECTION III: Teaching Others
7: The Real Truth
Clear the Air
Set the Professional Tone
8: Ready to Teach?
Role of the Preceptor
9: Putting it all Together
Is My Relief Here?
About the Authors