Hints and advice for performing rig checks. Things that should be passed down but usually aren't.
- Keep things organized. That makes it easier to complete rig checks fast.
- Counterpoint: everyone has their own way of organizing things. Try not to reorganize everything just to put it your way, but try to find a balance with your fellow rig-checkers (whom you never see). Yes, it is tricky since you rarely ever talk to them about rig checks. Eventually, you'll find an equilibrium.
- Keep things visible. Organize things so that you can verify everything is present with just a glance. Your goal with rig checks isn't to look busy, but to verify everything and do it accurately. The more efficient things are, the more accurate and complete you will be.
- For critical equipment (such as oxygen), put it in the bus immediately. More often than not, you forget to take it if you get a call. (If you really can't take something critical immediately, I block the door with it, or put it in my shoes, so I can't forget.)
- For missing supplies that are "nice to have", put them on the desk by the door. The next crew will see them there and take them out. This is a good way to keep us over-quota, so that it never gets to the "something is missing" stage.
- When you are driving back from a call, put replacement supplies in the trauma/oxygen bag from the bus shelves. I also use the time to do a mini rig check to make sure nothing was lost.
- When you get back to the office from a call, immediately place anything you used from the selves on the desk. The next crew will take it out and they won't have to make any extra trips.
- Help people do their rig checks (mainly applies to higher ranks). This lets you share rig check knowledge, so that it isn't a bunch of individual people doing their own thing, but instead there is a chance for some consistency and convention. It also lets you get to know people.
- When spare placing gloves in the trauma bag, fold them in pairs and label their size with a pen.
- Fold biohazard bags individually, not all together. This lets you pull one out easier. Also, it's better to fold in half repeatedly, rather than roll up, so that they can be unfolded faster.
- There is a zippered compartment inside the front of the trauma bag. Alcohol pads and adhesive bandages are there. Don't miss them there and keep infinitely placing more and more of these items in the main compartment, which just get moved to the zippered compartment, which makes you bring more to replace what you can't find, and so on. Ask someone if you can't find them.
- Pinch a sheet in the stair chair so that it sticks out of either the top or bottom. That way, it will be obvious when it is present (and obvious when it is missing). There is a black strap which wraps around the chair to hold it closed, you should use it to keep it closed.
- Coordinate with your driver, but checking for the cell phone is a convenient reminder to call into RCC (and a chance to test the phone still works, if you want to use it). Update: this is now supposed to be the driver's job.
Make sure there is a solid light on the ePRC. Solid green = fully charged and on AC power. Solid orange = charging on AC power. Flashing green = suspended, not on AC power - make sure the charger is plugged in, pushed into the power port on the dashboard, bus is plugged in, etc.
This section lists things which are currently done, but just convention and could change in the future.
- Equipment currently accepted as missing: one flashlight, ePCR quick guide. We don't have towels, but we do have blankets. Radiation dosiometers don't have batteries. SOP binder isn't in the bus.