What's hot in EMS Supplies...
and what's not?
What's hot in EMS Supplies...what's not? Face it, when we all became EMT's - back in the dark old days - we outfitted ourselves with every gadget and toy we could think of. Some of us carried what I call the "Bat Utility Belt". God forbid if we ever fell into water! All the electronic gear we carried - pagers, radios, cell phones - should short out and all the weight would drown us.
So what do you need to carry? It all depends on what and where you serve. I spent most of my career in a suburban setting. I did not need to carry much on my person since it was easy to carry my first in bag to most calls. In an urban setting you may need to carry more equipment since going back down the rig can be too time consuming.
What essential gear do you need? Opinions vary but I always carry a ball point pen (that works) and a watch. It's hard to take a pulse without a watch and I've gotten so forgetful that I need to write things down. What else is necessary? A pad of paper to write things down on of course.
A personal stethoscope is useful. I used to buy expensive ones. I had a Littman II for many years and I trusted it completely. However as I got older kept putting it down and forgetting where I put it. Finally I suspect I left it in a patient's home. Gone forever.
An old girlfriend of mine bought a Littman cardiologist scope which I promptly managed to get stuck in the door of the ambulance. My recommendation is to buy a cheap (but not too cheap) stethoscope. When looking for EMS Supplies you should asprague-rapport type which is probably the best for most EMT's. Don't share them, it's better to have your own.
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Part of your personal ems supplies would be an item I almost always carry which is an emt scissor. Also called trauma shears. They are extremely useful for cutting almost everything - from car seat belts, bandages, tape, hose - whatever. I've been known to carry more than one.
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I used to put all my gear into my pants pockets. This was ok when I answered only a few calls and spent most of my time out of the rig. When I started answering many calls, especially in a paid service, I found myself spending most of my time sitting in an ambulance. It doesn't take long for you to have trauma shears jabbing you in the butt to search for a better alternative.
I began to use a trauma vest or emt jacket. This way I could keep all gear I needed well within reach and not have to sit on it for 12 hours.
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Most of the time you need to carry more equipment than you can stuff into your jacket or vest. A good EMT Bag is essential to organize and share the load.
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Perhaps nothing more in EMS has caused more controversy than the use of MAST (Medical Anti-Shock Trauser) also known as pneumatic anti-shock garments. At one time we were all told we must have them and must use them.
When was the last time you used one?
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