How to play a medical officer/enlisted

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Role playing a Medical officer in UFS can be quite challenging at times but it is also a huge amount of fun. To help you along the way please find below a few hints and tips on how to effectively create your new character.

Uniform and appearance

Starfleet Officers are expected to present themselves in a certain way and here at UFS it is no different. When role playing you are trying to create a level of realism so try to think about what would be accepted where you in a real sickbay. Do you think Dr. Crusher would be happy if her staff turned up with giant bling earrings or masses of hair falling about them? If you think about it from a RP point of view then loose hair and big jewellery can be unhygienic and unsafe in a medical environment, so try to present yourself as appropriately as you can when in uniform.

Attitude and personality

When creating your character try to remember that you have chosen a career in medicine. Some of the most common traits in a Medical Officer are compassion, empathy and a deeply held belief in the sanctity of life. So when RPing and interacting with others it would be unlikely that you would be an aggressive or unkind type of person and you may even have an aversion to weaponry and conflict. These are things to consider when RPing as a Medical Officer.

Equipment

UFS Medical has lots of great medical equipment to help add extra depth to your role playing. Make sure that you pick up a copy of the hypospray and medical tricorder at the very least, however, there are a number of other items that can be very useful such as the medical field kit. Take the time to practice with these items and learn how they work; keeping them in a dedicated and easy to access folder in your inventory may help you to get to them more quickly in an RP situation.

Medical Knowledge and Terminology

One of the most difficult parts of RPing as a Medical Officer is remembering the Medical Treatments and terminology. This issue is the same in most Branches in UFS; the Engineers have their techno-babble to contend with and we have anatomy and drugs to remember, it’s just something we have to accept and try our best with. There are a number of different resources for you to make use of, including the treatments and drugs list. Keeping these on notecards that you can refer to when RPing can be very useful. However, if you don’t get the terminology perfect or you mix up a treatment name then don’t worry about it, the main thing is to have fun! =)

Medical Duties

Below are a list of Medical duties you can use to enhance your role playing. Why not include them in your logs or use them to write a report on your work to your superior officer or even act them out with a fellow Medical Officer.

Daily Duty

Run Level 1 Diagnostics on all Medical equipment, Lab equipment and Computers.

Including but not limited to: Medical Tricorders, Dermal Regenerators, Neuro-cortical stimulators, Microscopes.

Stock and store Emergency Medical kits.

Every medical kit aboard your ship/station/facility should be fully stocked and correctly stored at all times. Each Medical Kit should contain a Medical Tricorder, 2 Hyposprays, a Dermal Regenerator, an Osteogenic Stimulator and a supply of each standard drug as minimum.

Stock Medical and Surgical Trays.

There should be at least 2 standard medical trays and one surgical tray prepped and ready for use at all times. All items must be in working order and held in a sterile field until use. Hypospray racks must be fully stocked and in the correct order at all times, for ease of use in an emergency situation. Drugs should be organised as follows, left to right: Analgesics, Anaesthetics, Burns Treatments, Cardiovascular Treatments, Neurological Treatments, Radiation Treatments, Resuscitative Treatments, Sedatives, stimulants.

Sterilise all Medical, Lab and Surgical Equipment.

All items must be sterile at all times. If an item has been used it should be cycled through the sterilisation unit or recycled through the replicator. Once sterilised all items must be stored within a sterile field until they are needed again.

Report and Log.

Every duty task, medical procedure, problem and/or event must be correctly logged and reported to your appropriate Chief Medical Officer at the end of each shift.

Weekly Duty

Run Level 2 Diagnostics on all Sterile, Stasis and Containment fields.

All Stasis units and sterile fields must be in full working order, any malfunctions should be reported to your Chief Medical Officer and Engineering immediately.

Complete a stock take of all standard medical treatments.

There should be a basic supply of all standard medical treatments in the Sickbay/Infirmary at all times. If there is an insufficient stock of a particular treatment then this should be replicated or if it is not possible to replicate the substance then an order notification should be filled out and passed to your Chief Medical Officer.

Monthly Duty

Run a full level 5 diagnostic of all Medical systems and equipment

This task should be coordinated with the Engineering Department and includes but is not limited to: Biobed systems, Medical Library Database, Stasis Fields, Sterile Fields, Containment Fields and Scanners as well as all Medical and Lab equipment. Any faulty items must be removed from use immediately then either be repaired or replaced.

Perform a full sterilisation cycle

A complete level 5 sterilisation sweep should be carried out once a month on the Sickbay/Infirmary. All staff, patients and organic medical specimens should be removed from the area until the cycle is complete and the beam has been deactivated.

Complete a stock take of all equipment, medical treatments and resources

In an emergency situation replicators may not be available, thus there should be a basic supply of all standard medical equipment, treatments and resources in the Sickbay/Infirmary at all times. Including but not limited to: Patient gowns, pillows, blankets, surgical masks and robes. If there is an insufficient stock of a particular item then this should be replicated or if it is not possible to replicate the substance then an order notification should be filled out and passed to your Chief Medical Officer.

Run a full scan and analysis of all bio-filters

This task should be coordinated with the Engineering Department. It is required that a level 5 diagnostic be carried out on all Transporter, replicator and environmental bio-filters. All data collected by the filters should be analysed for anomalous readings and all Bio-Neural Gel Packs linked to the units should be scanned for viral and/or bacterial trace elements. Any anomalous findings must be reported to the Chief Medical Officer immediately and the contaminated system quarantined until further scans and tests can be completed.

Triage and Evacuation Drills

On roughly a monthly basis all Medical Crew are required to participate in drills to ensure that all staff are well versed in standard Starfleet Triage and Evacuation procedures. These drills will be arranged by the Chief Medical Officer and will occur without warning and at irregular intervals.

Away teams and First contact procedure Training

On a monthly basis all Medical crew should participate in Away team simulation exercises on the holodeck. These simulations will be overseen by the Chief Medical Officer and are to ensure that all Medical staff are well versed in Away Team and First Contact procedures.

Irregular Duties

Attendance at Medical Gatherings

Medical Crew are expected to attend all Medical gatherings as and when instructed by their Chief Medical Officer. This includes but is not limited to attendance at professional conferences, branch meetings, Academy classes and Medical Seminars.

Crew Physicals

Medical staff should ensure at all times that they hold up to date and accurate medical records for each member of the crew aboard their ship/station/facility. If information is found to be missing or incomplete within a crew members file then a physical exam should be scheduled at the earliest possible opportunity.

Medical staff flight practice and recertification

On a monthly basis Medical staff are expected to log a minimum of four hours flight practice on the holodeck. Every three months Medical staff will be subject to a flight recertification test to ensure that in case of emergency they are qualified to pilot their patients to safety.

Crew instruction

It is the responsibility of each Medical Officer to ensure that all members of the crew are properly briefed in standard safety practices, first aid procedures and the locations of all emergency medical kits aboard the ship/station/facility. Medical Staff should also ensure that crew members are maintaining a healthy work/life balance and regularly update them on effective stress relief and relaxation techniques. If any Medical Officer suspects a member of the crew to be neglecting their health in favour of their duties this should be immediately reported to the Chief Medical Officer who will investigate the matter further.

Away Missions and Deployment

As and when required Medical Staff should be prepared to be deployed away from their ship/station/facility. Deployment may include but is not limited to transfers to another ship/station/facility to supplement their crew, participation in short term away missions, short or long term covert operations and long term humanitarian aid missions.

Chief Medical Officer Specific Duties

Reports

The Chief Medical Officer must ensure that they receive all relevant reports from the appropriate crew members and collate the information received for use in their command report. If a crew member is found to be neglecting their reports then appropriate enquiries must be made and if necessary disciplinary action taken.

Managing info

It is the responsibility of the Chief Medical Officer to manage all information provided to them by their Medical staff. This includes but is not limited to diagnostic results, bio-filter analyses, crew physical results and complaints and concerns. All information must be appropriately logged and dealt with and all medical information should be correctly uploaded to the main medical database.

Supervision of Staff

The Chief Medical officer must maintain ongoing supervision of their staff, ensuring that all duties are being carried out to an acceptable standard. If it is found that duties are being neglected or standards are not being adhered to then it is the responsibility of the CMO to provide further training or take disciplinary action as appropriate.

Emergency Medical Kits

Spots checks should be carried out at regular intervals to ensure that all emergency medical kits are being correctly stocked. Furthermore, regular reviews should be carried out by the Chief Medical Officer to ensure that emergency Medical kits are being stored in the most appropriate and efficient locations for ease of use in an emergency situation.

Stock and Ordering

It is the responsibility of the Chief Medical Officer to ensure that all stock takes are completed correctly and that order notifications are submitted on time. The CMO should then ensure that all required items are sourced and delivered with in the appropriate time scales.

Drills and Training

At appropriate intervals the Chief Medical Officer must arrange and supervise Drills and Training to ensure that their staff are well versed in Triage and Evacuation procedures as well as Away Team and First Contact policies. All Staff members must be evaluated during these sessions and signed off by the CMO before they are cleared for duty.

Medical Gatherings

As and when required the Chief Medical Officer should host Medical gatherings. These include but are not limited to professional conferences, branch meetings, Academy classes and medical seminars. It is the responsibility of the CMO to ensure that all relevant staff members attend and participate in these gatherings.

Staff Physicals

The Chief Medical Officer should ensure at all times that they hold up to date and accurate medical records for each member of their Medical Staff. If information is found to be missing or incomplete within a staff members file then a physical exam should be scheduled at the earliest possible opportunity.

Crew Instruction

It is the responsibility of the Chief Medical Officer to ensure that all members of their staff are maintaining a healthy work/life balance. If any Medical Officer is suspected of neglecting their health in favour of their duties then the Chief Medical Officer should arrange a meeting with said Medical Officer to investigate the matter further. If it is brought to the attention of the CMO that a member of the Crew outwith Medical is neglecting their health then a discussion should be arranged with said crew members Department head so that the matter can be addressed.

Away Missions and Deployment

As and when required the Chief Medical Officer should be prepared to deployed their staff away from their ship/station/facility. Deployment may include but is not limited to transfers to another ship/station/facility to supplement their crew, participation in short term away missions, short or long term covert operations and long term humanitarian aid missions. CMOs should coordinate with Command Staff to ensure that the appropriate numbers of Medical crew are being provided for each mission.