When couples get old, they communicate with fewer words or sometimes just a look.
I am feeling that way about my EMS reports at the ED.
Where I used to rattle off every detail I could think of, nowadays, I try to keep it short.
Here are some examples:
“Last drink two days ago, got the shakes. 2 of Ativan and some fluid.”
â€œLow speed, belted, neck and back.â€
â€œHistory of seizures, had a seizure.â€
â€œItâ€™s Curtis, same oldâ€¦â€
â€œSugar of 20, forgot to eat, gave her D10.â€
â€œHe thinks heâ€™s the Devil, gave him 10 of Versed.â€
“Cold and flu.”
â€œThey shot him in the leg.â€
â€œEight years old. Acting up in school.â€
â€œCoughing up green phlegm for two weeks.â€
â€œ2 of Narcan IN.â€
Sometimes, I donâ€™t say anything at all. I just point to the patient. Every picture tells a story.
It helps if the nurse or doctor I am giving the report to has been around as long as I have. They just nod like all those times before.