Solutions

David Galson

"I'm a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and there are many medical terms and protocols to keep track of," he says. "My background is in data management, so it was natural for me to create a FileMaker Pro database to manage it all."

Saving lives on the slopes with FileMaker Go for iPhone
Ski patrol veteran and certified EMT uses FileMaker Go to help first–responders learn
life–saving techniques

Overview

  • Nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician needs to stay up–to–date on emergency procedures and techniques

Industry

  • Healthcare/Medical Services

Solutions

  • Created several FileMaker Pro databases that contain vital information

Benefits

  • Useful study guides when in the field
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David Galson

When accidents happen on the slopes, there's no time to consult emergency manuals. Veteran skier and Sugar Bowl, CA and Royal Gorge, CO ski patrol member David Galson knows this better than almost anybody. To make sure he's up to speed with emergency medical procedures and techniques, he created a FileMaker Pro database and ported it to FileMaker Go on his iPhone.

"I'm a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and there are many medical terms and protocols to keep track of," he says. "My background is in data management, so it was natural for me to create a FileMaker Pro database to manage it all." Now Galson uses FileMaker Go on his iPad to brush up on terms and techniques. "With FileMaker Go, I can review the database when I have a few spare minutes here or there, even on the slopes. It'll help keep the knowledge fresh in my mind, which could very well be a life–saver."

Galson has skied his whole life. Data management, on the other hand, is a more recent pursuit. He worked for an environmental consulting company, collecting inspection data about buildings and remote facilities. "FileMaker Pro was the tool I used for data management," he says. "I eventually left the company I was working for to become a consultant. Now I have more free time. Skiing is one of my passions and I decided that I could devote my time and skills to the patrol."

FileMaker flashcards

Galson created several FileMaker Pro databases, including one to help him study for his EMT certification. Based on his EMT textbooks, its 650 records contain vital info on injury and illness symptoms, first aid, anatomy and pharmacology — all geared for EMTs, ski patrol members and other first responders.

Galson then created a stand–alone FileMaker Go version of his database for iPhones and iPads. "A lot of EMTs are in the field and they want to study up on the specifics during down time," he says. "And they're not necessarily in a place where they have Internet access. That's why I made it a stand–alone database that you can download to your device."

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FileMaker flashcards
Emergency info on the iPhone


Streamlined development

Creating the FileMaker Go version of his database was a cinch, says Galson. "It was simply a matter of porting it over to FileMaker Go," he says. "I just wrote it on my desktop and dragged it over to my iPhone and it looks and works great. It's very refreshing to have such a simple way to employ a mobile solution."

I just wrote it on my desktop and dragged it over to my iPhone and it looks and works great. It's very refreshing to have such a simple way to employ a mobile solution.

David Galson — EMT, Ski Patrol Volunteer

Learning life–saving techniques

Galson is marketing his database to EMTs in training and other medical professionals. He envisions the database being used on both the iPhone and iPad. "It's such a great way to study and review on the go," he says. "With FileMaker Go, you have all the advantages of FileMaker Pro — search, sorting, customization —but it's incredibly portable. It's really the perfect study companion."

David Galson

EMT, Ski Patrol Volunteer
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