Remember when I told you folks about the new EMS computerized clip board my department is using?
Several people asked to make sure, and yes they are using it instead of paper run forms on the scene.
Well, just the other day I made a run with one of our ambulances. We had just walked inside to see the patient, who by the way had a cardiac history and was complaining of 'tingling' in his arm and just not feeling good. As we got to the patient, the medic with the computer couldn't get it on. The battery was dead.
For a few seconds, which seemed like forever, the patient was almost completely ignored and the entire crew (minus myself and a driver) fretted and poked at the computer. Finally it was 'suggested', in tones most urgent, that maybe someone should go get the frakkin paper clip board and treat the patient.
Call me a prognosticator if you want to, but I foresee lots of problems with this in the future.