Okay, these are some games that can be played as a paramedic (I don’t necessarily advocate any of them as they are un-professional – but hey, sometimes you have to have fun at work – so just don’t get caught).
Paramedic Game 1.
See how much of the patient health care case sheet you can write before you arrive at a regular patient’s house. This only works if you have a regular patient who you visit on almost a daily basis. I’ve known of people who have been able to complete a case sheet for a regular patient before they even arrive at the house (and that’s including all the patient’s details such as DOB, Allergies, Meds, etc) – Potential downside – a patient health care record is a legal document and by not filling it out correctly you are breaking the law… just something to keep in mind.
Paramedic Game 2.
Pick a unique word or phrase for the day, such as “Good Morning” or “Wow, That’s Amazing” and see how many times you can say it to the patient without it becoming obvious you’re playing a game. I’ve heard of people taking this a little far and saying words such a “Cat” upwards of 40 times in front of the patient. The obvious trick is to see if you can uniquely blend it into the conversation nationallly. For example … “Hey was that a cat… no, not a cat, must have been a small dog…” – potential downside, you may get caught and look stupid (and a little unprofessional).
Paramedic Game 3.
See how many times you can get a patient to say a particular catch phrase or word. For example, in some areas with a high ethinic population, certain people are unable to say “Vomiting” and instead say “Womiting” – consequently, you may try and see how many times you can get the patient to say “Womiting” – Downside – you’re having a laugh on an Ethnic Minority (or Majority in some areas) bases, and this can lead to various complaints including racism and bigotry.
Paramedic Game 4
Guess what’s wrong with the patient before you get there based on the information on the MDT – For example, you are called to an 18 year old minor fall, and you may guess (correctly) that the patient has actually come off his motor bike while chasing a cow…