Checklists for Safety

June 5, 2014    |   By: Calevir

Many of us use a grocery list when we go shopping but did you ever wonder where the concept of a checklist came from?   Some think it came from the aviation industry and the requirement for pilots to utilize them for consistency as well as safety.   Checklists are just as critical in healthcare, including EMS.   Read this article from JEMS as it shares the concept with an EMS flair.

Why not start your own checklist?   Start with something simple and see if it works. Not sure where to start?   Have you ever left behind a piece of equipment at the scene or a hospital?   Try this mnemonic – M O S C.   It stands for Monitor; Oxygen; Stretcher; and Computer.   Make a label or write it on a piece of tape and stick to the dash or somewhere in the cab where you can see it.   This way you will have a quick reminder before you leave and can do an inventory before you return to service.   Try it out and let us know if it works.   If you have other ideas, please share them with us!


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