Paper work, paperwork, paperwork, if you didn't write it down, it didn't happen.
They have been preaching this to you since you were in school for your basic card.
I have noticed a few things in my years as an EMT and I think this is a good time to talk to you about a couple of my pet peeves. The "by the book report writer" and the "forecast report writer".
By the book report writer:
This is the guy that can have 40 thousand things go wrong on his scene and when you read his report it's as if he was teaching a class on the proper way to do things. They are marched out step by step in his report perfectly, just as you would see them in the EMS book. Everyone that was on the scene knows it didn't happen the way he wrote it, but none the less it looks pristine.
Come On! We are not stupid, everyone knows that the scene NEVER goes the way the book states, and to make your report look like it did only undermines EMTs everywhere. Tell the truth! A doc would always choose an accurate report of the actions at the scene over a "pretty" fabricated one. Sure you might have done everything you wrote in your report, but it sure as hell didn't happen the way you wrote it.
The Forecast Report:
This type of report writing is very common with non-emergency transport and I have heard of it being utilized a lot. This is the guy who will sit and write his entire report (usually minus the vitals) before he even sees the patient or will write it in the first 10 minutes of patient contact and then just sit in the truck for the rest of the trip. It could be a 1-2 hour trip and his paperwork will be done in the first 10 minutes.
Come On! You cant possibly tell me that there was absolutely no change in the patients status in 1-2 hours, further more you're "guessing" about the patients continued condition during your trip. What if the patient starts complaining of pain that they didn't have when you started transport? What if the patients becomes incontinet or vomits? What if the patient makes comments that you need to document. If your report is already done, I doubt very seriously that anything but a full arrest will get you to rip up your old report and start a new one!
Now that I have vented, lets hear what you have to say!