The SOAP Note method of patient information documentation is designed to be a
systematic approach to documentation of pertinent medical information. A description of
each component of the SOAP Note and several examples of SOAP Notes are noted
below. Our use of the SOAP Note differs slightly from a true SOAP Note as used in the
hospital environment.
The S of SOAP stands for SUBJECTIVE. In this section you will provide a brief
statement as provided by the patient or bystander or a brief incident statement.
This is typically a one line comment.
The O of SOAP stands for OBJECTIVE. In this section you will provide
information about the patient or incident obtained through a variety of methods -
physical exam, patient questioning, on scene observations. In this area you will
document vital signs, complaints, medications, allergies, physician names, signs
& symptoms and all assessment findings.
The A of SOAP stands for ASSESSMENT. In this section you will give a brief
statement regarding the suspected problem / diagnosis. This is not a "definitive"
diagnosis as we are not physicians. This statement should generally be preceded
by the terms "possible", "rule out" or "suspected".
The P of SOAP stands for PLAN. In this section we will list chronologically all
treatment provided for the patient. This includes assessment, consultation /
hospital contact, transport and receiving facility and patient priority.

You have a 49 yr old, 200 lbs white male patient complaining of chest pains which he
describes as sharp stabbing pains on the left side of his chest with radiation to the left
arm. The pain began 1 hr ago and has intensified since its onset. He had a heart attack 2
yrs ago. He takes the following medications: NTG, Inderal, Isordil & Cardilate. He is
allergic to Darvon. VS's = 150/88, HR 100, RR 22. He is alert and oriented and
communicating appropriately. He is pale, warm and dry. His lungs are clear to
auscultation bilaterally. He took 2 NTG's prior to the arrival of the ambulance. The
discomfort began while he was moving heavy boxes. He denies SOB, dizziness, nausea
or other obvious cardiovascular S&S's. His private physician is Dr. Jerome Hantman, a
cardiologist at Howard County General Hospital. You will be transporting to your local
hospital. Your treatment is as expected for a patient with the above mentioned S&S's.
"I've had this chest pain for about an hour". 49 yr 200 lbs w/m in moderate distress c/o left sided chest discomfort described as "sharp stabbing pains with radiation to the left arm". The discomfort began approximately 1 hr before the ambulance arrived. His activity at the time was moving heavy boxes. He is A&O X 3. He is pale, W&D. Lungs - clear bilaterally. He denies SOB, dizziness, N&V and other cardiovascular complaints. History: M.I. 2 yrs ago and angina. His attending physician is Dr. Hantman at HCGH. VS's = 150/88, HR 100 & regular, RR of 22 at 20:15 hrs. The vitals remained essentially unchanged. He took 2 NTG prior to the ambulance arrival with minimal relief. His other meds include: Inderal, Isordil and Cardilate (meds accompany patient). Allergies: Darvon. The discomfort being experienced at this time is not like that experienced during the M.I. of 2 yrs ago but more closely resembles the anginal pains experienced at times over the last 2 yrs. Previous anginal pains have been relieved with 1 or 2 NTG's. On a 1 - 10 rating system he rates his discomfort at a 5 or 6. 1. Assessment & crisis intervention. 5. Placed pt. in a semi-fowlers position for comfort. 6. Contact with ___________, the consulting hospital. 7. NTG 0.4 mgs at 20:25 hrs with complete relief. 8. Transport Priority 2 to ________ non-emergency. Signed ., EMT-B
Your patient is a 20-25 yr old trauma victim as a result of a MVA. He is the vehicle
driver and was not belted upon your arrival. He was seated behind the severely bent
steering column when you approached the vehicle. He is unconscious and unresponsive
to all forms of stimulation. Your examination reveals the following: a small contusion
and laceration above the forehead into the scalp & an angulated fracture of the L lower
arm. PERL. Hx and Meds ?? VS's at 23:15 hrs = 224/112, 50 and a RR of 44. You
also observed that the windshield is shattered in front of the steering wheel. The physical
exam is otherwise unremarkable.
20-25 yr w/m approximately 180 lbs involved in a MVA. Vehicular damage severe involving the front of auto and drivers side. Single vehicle accident - auto into tree. The patient was seated behind the steering wheel and was unbelted upon the arrival of the ambulance. Unconscious and unresponsive to deep painful stimulation. PERL. Small laceration and contusion noted near the scalp line above the forehead. The left lower arm is angulated near the wrist. Distal pulse and capillary refill normal in all extremities. Lungs clear. VS's 23:15 hrs = 224/112, HR 50 & 44 deep breaths per minute. Physical exam otherwise unremarkable. Hx, Meds, Allergies??? Possible multi-system trauma – suspect closed head injury. 5. Slight elevation of head of backboard. 6. Transport by Helicopter to ________ Priority 1. Signed., EMT-B
22 yr black female who allegedly ingested an undetermined number of Lomotil tablets.
Time of ingestion is not known. You arrive to find her unable to converse normally,
mumbling incomprehensibly when painful stimulation is introduced. Pupils - constricted.
VS's = 100/72, HR 66 & RR 8-10 and shallow. Hx, allergies and routine meds are not
known. She was found by a roommate. No evidence of trauma. Recently depressed.
22 yr B/F approximately 110 lbs possibly ingested an undetermined amount of Lomotil. Recently depressed according to her roommate. Responsive to deep pain only - mumbles incomprehensibly. VS's = 100/72, HR 66 & RR 8-10 shallow breaths per minute. Pupils constricted. Hx, meds & allergies are unknown. Secondary exam reveals no evidence of trauma. Breath sounds ? due to shallow effort. Assist ventilations - rate 12 to 16 breaths per minute. Paramedic Unit requested to assist – Paramedic 5-5. Paramedic transport Priority 1 emergency to __________. Signed., EMT-B
MVA. Patient refusing services. Minor vehicular damage R front bumper. Driver
advising he was belted and uninjured. 56 yr b/m. Agreed to vitals - 122/84, 78, 22. A &
O X 3. Ambulating before arrival of ambulance.
Minor MVA. Minimal front end damage to a passenger vehicle. Driver of vehicle states that he was belted at the time of the accident. Low speed impact into guard rail. Refusing services. 56 yr B/M. No c/o injury or pain. Denies loss of consciousness. Alert & oriented. VSS: 122/84, 78 & 22. Walking around accident scene upon arrival of ambulance. No evidence of trauma. Conversation with vehicle occupant - denies injury - refusing transport. Encouraged patient to seek medical attention if any signs or symptoms of injury should occur. Offered ambulance transport. Refused. Reviewed sign-off information and obtained signature. HCPD witness.

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