Your an inspiration to us all.The thing is, I'm on a Paid Volunteer Service, so what I did was quit my fulltime job to focus on ems.
Why do you have one by your bed? In case a patient comes out of your closet (in that case I would opt for the knife instead of the flashlight)?I have a flashlight by my bed, on my person, 3 in my truck, and a personal light in my Ambo, and one knife on my person.
Yes and yes.Am I being ridiculous? I haven't even had to use one on a call yet. So again, am I being ridiculous?
Seeing in the dark and cutting stuff.What are some good use for flashlights and knives in EMS? And what are some good knives or flashlights to use?
I have a flashlight next to my bed, I have 1-2 in my truck, I have 3 when I'm on duty (small handheld that doubles for checking pupils, a 3D LED Maglite, and a light on my helmet), and I carry a drop point combo knife at all times. They have all come in handy and I use them often.
Small light: works for small rooms and has a pupil exam setting
Maglite: I work in a desert where some areas are very dark so a powerful light is great.
Helmet light: I'm not gonna hold a light while trying to do patient care, that's what my partner is for or I can just put it on my helmet and free her up to help me.
Knife: I have tried the blunt tip knifes and the rescue knifes. However I always find a need for a sharp tip (opening packages to cleaning under my finger nails to forced entry to houses). The majority of the rescue knifes are too big for my taste.
EDIT: Let me add that the Maglite stays in my backpack unless I determine I need it.