I promise, these two things are (sort of) related.
When I say that I hate flying, I mean that I hate flying. I would rather drive ten hours then get into an airplane and take a two hour flight. I don’t care how convenient or quick flying is, I still hate it. I hate flying for a good reason: it scares me.
I’ve heard all the excuses in favor of flying, but still, I can’t get over sitting in a tiny metal tube with 200 other people 6 miles up in the freaking air. Oh, and the WINGS MOVE! I don’t mean the flaps and ailerons, and control surfaces, I mean the WHOLE WING FLEXES!
That can’t be good.
“Do I want a drink? Are you kidding me? How could I possibly drink it? My hands are numb, and I don’t think I can pry my fingers out of this arm rest.”
I’m starting to get anxious typing about this. On to Wikipedia.
I can spend hours on Wikipedia. I surf Wikipedia like people surf channels. One minute I’m reading about ichthyosis, and the next I’m reading about naphthalene. Checking my phone, I have a Wikipedia page open to Operation Ranch Hand.
I learned about the other “agent colors.” It wasn’t just orange.
Any way, while sitting (seriously) in the airport waiting on my flight to board, I stumble onto a page on Wikipedia about air safety. Specifically, the Sterile Cockpit Rule. Reading through that page took me to Crew Resource Management. And right before my xanax kicked in, I had an epiphany. It was so good, I wrote it down on a napkin, and put it into my jacket pocket.
“CRM & SCR for EMS” it says.
I’m genius, I tell you.
I have heard of Crew Resource Management in the fire service, or something similar, but nothing like the Sterile Cockpit Rule.
I’ll come up with something intelligent in the next few days and post my ideas how these two concepts can have a place in EMS.
Right now, I need some alcohol. I have to get on another plane tomorrow.