Jump bag suggestions?

Jake Wesson

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Hello,

I am an EMT and have ran into constant situations where medical care is needed and I did not have any materials/tools with me. It has been car accidents, broken bones, and even a mass trauma situation. If I were to get a bag I would keep it in my car in case I were to get in another situation similar to the ones I wrote. I have been scowering the Internet looking for a good STOCKED bag. If anyone has any suggestions or links to a bag please let me know! Thank you!!
 

LanceCorpsman

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If you seriously run in into constant situations all the time, you must have a real dark cloud following you everywhere you go. Back to the topic of jump bags, I honestly don't see the point in buying a stocked bag. I personally think most of the ones offered online have a bunch of useless garbage. Just buy a bag yourself and stock it yourself with stuff you "think" you may need. I just have the basic bandages and trauma stuff with a few drugs like epi and Benadryl. If you have anymore and start acting like a hero, you are asking for a lawsuit. Just have enough to stabilize major bleeds and maybe a cpr mask. Other than that, its just overkill.
 

EpiEMS

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If anyone has any suggestions or links to a bag please let me know!
Don't bother with all the pre-prepared bags. Gloves, a CPR mask (if you so choose), maybe some 5x9s, and a tourniquet is about all one really "needs."
 

Mufasa556

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Sounds like you're living in an episode of Trauma.

Unless you live super rural with long response times, a little first aid kit is all you'll really need. I only have a pocket mask and some gloves in my daily driver.

If you're really set on getting one, I'm sure Amazon has some.
 

VentMonkey

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Sounds like you're living in an episode of Trauma.
This. Op, a cell phone, GOOD CPR technique, and common sense is all you realistically need in the majority of these sort of situations.
 

EpiEMS

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I don't see anything wrong with a tourniquet - they're cheap(-ish), last a fairly long time, and are hard to improvise well.
 

Qulevrius

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I don't see anything wrong with a tourniquet - they're cheap(-ish), last a fairly long time, and are hard to improvise well.
If there's a real need for a tourniquet (major extremity bleed as in deep laceration or amputation):

1) Real EMS is on the way (i.e. the incident has been reported);
2) Improvised tourniquet will do fine for the 5-10 min it'll take real EMS to get on scene,
3) What you really need is a flowmaster or a good pen.

Why isn't high-speed tourniquet necessary in these situations ? Because I'm gonna do science now, go all physiological and explain real simple that when nociceptors relay the pain stimulus, the adrenal medulla secretes epinephrine/norepinephrine, which are nifty little hormones also known as adrenaline. And as we all learned in our cool EMT class, epinephrine is a vasopressor that causes constriction of blood vessels, thus delaying hypovolemic shock for a short time. In other words, the tourniquet (any) has to be applied, wound packed (that's why you need them handy 5x9's), time recorded (that's where the flowmaster or a pen come in handy) - preferably somewhere the ALS unit can see it, such as their forehead - and then you just sit there looking all smug and tactical, waiting for the cavalry to arrive.
 
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Jake Wesson

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I do live in a very rural area. My ambulance core covers a lot of our county and response times are quite slow. Thank you all for the suggestions!
 

redundantbassist

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I am an EMT and have ran into constant situations where medical care is needed and I did not have any materials/tools with me. It has been car accidents, broken bones, and even a mass trauma situation. If I were to get a bag I would keep it in my car in case I were to get in another situation similar to the ones I wrote.
This can't be for real....
 

NysEms2117

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I am an EMT and have ran into constant situations where medical care is needed
If you run into constant situations without being too much of an *** here, i would get a new job. You'll get burnt out if your off duty time is also filled with medical care.
 

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