Wow, I'd have to think about this one. There's so many I've picked up over the years, I've probably forgot more than I know, but that's probably the same with most people.
There's a book call EMS 4 EMS, it's full of the stuff you're talking about, sort of. Not so much tricks, more a memory aid for remembering assessment tools, treatment algorithms, etc. Some of it is outdated, some of it will work forever, it's pretty neat, you might pick up a thing or two you find useful.
I actually use that lb to kg myself. I'll try to throw a few in here, although I don't know if they're considered tricks so to speak, but things I've learned from others or from courses, that I like and use.
Backboarding....unless they're critical, if they need a board, I like to pad from the head pad/base down to about the buttocks, so the entire torso is padded. Usually go with 2-3 blankets, double folded, so there's 4-6 layers of blanket between them and the board, it makes a world of difference for them.
I don't use this one, but saw someone else use it and it worked well....If you set up a line (not just lock, but the bag and tubing) in the house and are extricating with a stairchair, he took a D-ring from his belt, ran it through the hole at the top of the bag, then clipped the bag to his shoulder lapel, so it was out of the way and also the pt. could continue fluid therapy during the extrication.
When you're knocking on a door, make it a habit, to stand to the side of the door. If you do it every time, you'll instintively do it on a call where it might save your life.
If you are having trouble reading a rhythm on a Parkinson's pt. with tremors, hold their chest and arms firmly against the chair or litter (explain what you're doing and why first), alot of times you'll get a perfect rhythm, or at least minimal artifact. *I once saw one from a friend of mines call that looked exactly like atrial flutter, then the next strip from when he did the "trick", it was a NSR.
When you shift into reverse, let the backup alarm beep 3 or 4 times before letting your foot off the brake, you may not see someone right behind the unit, that should alert them.
Those are a few off the top of my head, if I think of more I'll post them, and hopefully I'll pick up a thing or two as well from others. One other thing I just thought about, if you read JEMS, Thom Dick does a tricks of the trade column, it's awsome.
Wow. Good advice and thanks to all of you. I Will most certainly put some of the suggestions to use.
Tom, I am familiar with most of the seizures you mention and have been lucky enough to see most as well. I should have been clear, I was in fact speaking primarily of the Grand Mal variety. Or the attmpt at faking them. My bad.
Nathan, I understand where you are coming from and agree with you to an extent. However, the Pt's condition dictates my urgency of care. That's what I'm trying to accomplish. Before I EVER put myself, my partner, the pt, and other motorist in potential harms way, I make sure it's worth it. EVERY TIME, you, me, and other EMS providers run lights/sirens we are putting our lives in danger. Risk vs Reward.
Duncan, I agree that some medics do intentionally irritate pt's and it may very well be abuse. But not this medic.