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Best EMS Knife

Discussion in 'Ambulances and Equipment' started by frdude1000, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Bullets

    Bullets Active Member

    Location:
    Jersey
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
  2. stlukescj11

    stlukescj11 New Member

    Location:
    Northeastern PA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
  3. medicdan

    medicdan Active Member Premium Member

    Location:
    Northeast
  4. Remeber343

    Remeber343 New Member

    Every MVA. Patient still in the vehicle? Punch the window. Why, you may ask? Because. That's what we do. The whole try before you pry... Nonsense. Just like cutters, we are gonna have to roll the roof, patients still inside.
  5. DEmedic

    DEmedic Basic first aider

    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I'm hoping this is sarcasm or you trying to be funny...
  6. Remeber343

    Remeber343 New Member

    But... Protocol says if the MOI is significant you have to c-spine and long board. How else could you possibly do that with out cutting off the doors and roll the roof.
  7. exodus

    exodus Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Hemet, Ca
    By sliding the board under their butt, or onto the edge of the seat, rotating and sliding?...
  8. Remeber343

    Remeber343 New Member

    I'm pretty sure you need to roll the roof and cut the seat backs... Don't forget to pop the hood and cut power.
  9. mycrofft

    mycrofft Still crazy but elsewhere

    Location:
    Central California
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    Cut the animal hide roof, use trained beavers or woodpeckers to sever roof pillars, and what's a window or a spineboard?

    Here's your knife:
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    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 17, 2012
  10. stlukescj11

    stlukescj11 New Member

    Location:
    Northeastern PA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Hopefully never but it's there if I ever do need it.
  11. mycrofft

    mycrofft Still crazy but elsewhere

    Location:
    Central California
    Window punch=lanyard ring on my ArmeeSuisse officer's knife. Or a handy rock.
  12. mycrofft

    mycrofft Still crazy but elsewhere

    Location:
    Central California
    Someone needs to list

    what people have actually done repeatedly with knives/multitools on the job.
    I have quickly converted double-female O2 tubing to female-male adapters a few times, used it as an ersatz O2 cylinder stem valve wrench, opened envelopes. My partner once used his Buck folder to cut carpet fro around a trapped foot. Many many instances where I tightened a screw for someone or on our equipment, or used nail cutters to cut and strip wires. Also used can opener and spear blade to eat.

    Patient care? I used my shears, which also act as pretty good can openers once sterilized.
  13. Meursault

    Meursault Flesh Mechanic

    Location:
    MA
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    I apparently bought my Leatherman solely to trim my nails and screw parts back on the truck (diamond plate, padding, grab bar, RAM mount, etc.). A lot of screws can work loose in 200k miles. Other tools:
    • Tiny scissors: Loose uniform threads and making fingertip and knuckle bandages for myself. I've had a piece of my left thumbnail replaced with Transpore for the past couple days.
    • Pliers: Oxygen wrench and tightening on D tank regulators.
    • Ruler markings: Reference for estimating wound sizes, though I'm not going to actually pull it out and hold it to a patient.
    • Unnervingly sharp knife: Dinner! I've actually eaten a fruit cup with pliers, too, much to my partner's amusement.

    This also seems like a good thread in which to mention the time I walked into the St. E's EMS workroom to find one of my co-workers trying to open a case door on the Toughbook by stabbing it with a knife. Then she yelled at me for approaching her when she was working with a knife. At least I saved the poor tablet.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 21, 2012
  14. Remeber343

    Remeber343 New Member

    I've use my knife to breach a lock... Just sayin.
  15. m0nster986

    m0nster986 B.S, Paramedic, FF

    Location:
    California's Central Coast
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Paramedic
    I have used my knife to stir my coffee on more than one occasion.
  16. trey0202

    trey0202 New Member

    Location:
    GA
    EMS Training:
    Student
    I have noticed a bunch of them carry SOGs. I have one my self with the tanto blade and the line cutter and it stays sharp.
  17. Bullets

    Bullets Active Member

    Location:
    Jersey
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    I also have moved to a blunt tipped knife, i use it to pop open the locks on buzzer doors. The doors that have a catch can be tripped with a knife
  18. mycrofft

    mycrofft Still crazy but elsewhere

    Location:
    Central California
    Used my original "Armee Suisse" officer's knife to jimmy open a door with smoke coming out from under it...outside SAC headquarters. They were nonplussed as it took a special registered cylindrical key, but an unwarded inward-opening live bolt knob lock! Rest easy, America...
  19. thetincan

    thetincan New Member

    Location:
    Warren MI
    EMS Training:
    EMT-Basic
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 27, 2012
  20. MiddleEastMedic101

    MiddleEastMedic101 New Member

    Location:
    LA
    I never leave home without a knife.

    Don't invest in something that you would mind losing. I'm never spending more than $50 on a blade. You never know if you'll forget it in the heat of the moment, lose it, or worst case scenario, have one of your patient snatch it when you're not looking.

    Often, pantie ...ahem... penny cutters work well.

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