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New basic, what should I bring with me?

Discussion in 'BLS Discussion' started by YoungbloodEMS, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. YoungbloodEMS

    YoungbloodEMS Forum Probie

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    Thanks bud
     
  2. Bullets

    Bullets Forum Knucklehead

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    I would ditch the pocket field guide

    I carry
    Pens, notepad, 2aa flashlight, shears, multitool, medical gloves, work (skel) gloves, and a tourniquet
     
  3. EthanMD

    EthanMD Forum Ride Along

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    Wallet. Cell phone. Keys (if you want). Radio. Pen.
     
  4. EthanMD

    EthanMD Forum Ride Along

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    Shears. for when you need to cut something completely unrelated to EMS
     
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  5. Flying

    Flying Mostly Ignorant

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    Those pennies won't cut themselves!
     
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  6. EthanMD

    EthanMD Forum Ride Along

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    Nor will the blue bands around linens...can't tear those *******s off
     
  7. YoungbloodEMS

    YoungbloodEMS Forum Probie

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    Y'all have been extremely helpful! Thanks to all! Sorry I haven't replied I've been super duper busy with orientation with Acadian. I'm carrying sort of a hybrid of all of that. In the meantime until my Texas state EMS cert come in I'm working as a Van Operator to make some money.

    So what I've been carrying the last few days:
    In my various pockets (acadian pants have so many pockets):
    Wallet
    Informed EMS Field Guide BLS Version Ninth Edition
    Rite in the Rain all-weather Vital Statistics notebook
    Rite in the Rain all-weather standard notebook (these are both small and take up very little space)
    Two pens
    Pen light
    Knife
    Shears
    On my belt:
    Personal vehicle keys
    Cell phone on belt clip
    On my arm:
    Watch
    On my face:
    Yellow tinted aviators (These are on my face a solid 98% of the time. I think they're starting to morph into my face.)

    I need to get some kind of flashlight. I know that all seems like a LOT but I barely even notice they're there. Seriously. Acadian pants have like nineteen different pockets. So tacticool.
     
  8. FNGperpetual

    FNGperpetual Forum Crew Member

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    I leave my personal keys in my backpack, in the unit. do not want to leave keys on scene by accident
    NECESSITY:
    2 pens, ( one extra, partner)
    1 pen light, (stroke,trauma, flash light)
    1 black marker ( write vitals on cot sheet, etc)
    1 note pad
    1 trauma shear
    1 stethoscope
    1 Knife. My knife has a glass punch and O2 key
    4-6 Gloves
    1 cellphone(on belt/otter box) with application- EMS BLS field guide, McGraw Hill drug guide,Calculator.
    1-wallet with certifications and DL.

    Optional: B/P cuff (johnny on the spot with the B/P), Pulse OX with belt clip, ALS field guide.
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2016
  9. Tigger

    Tigger Dodges Pucks Community Leader

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    Is it so hard to retrieve those items from the bag?
     
  10. FNGperpetual

    FNGperpetual Forum Crew Member

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    My thoughts exactly after carrying a cumbersome BP cuff around for a few shifts.
     
  11. MackTheKnife

    MackTheKnife BSN, RN-BC, NREMT, EMT-P

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    In all sincerity, bring your brain-critical thinking skills, situational awareness. Stethoscope, shears.
     
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  12. StCEMT

    StCEMT Forum Deputy Chief

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    Man, food didn't get enough love here. Maybe it's because I am cursed with posting, but food. Meal prep that **** for the entire week, it's not hard. Preferably clean finger food (sammiches) or bring a fork. Doing so will keep you out of all the McDonalds bags, which you will appreciate down the road when you don't start to weigh more than the patients. Start at your local Aldi's if you are fortunate enough to have one of those gems.
     
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  13. VentMonkey

    VentMonkey calpuleque Premium Member

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    Oh no, I am right there with you! I once did the average of what I saved daily on prepping vs. buying on the go.

    It was somewhere around ~$50/ day, x 3-4 shift work weeks= a couple hundred bucks easy.
     
  14. epipusher

    epipusher Forum Asst. Chief

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    Carrying a pulse ox on your belt? Is it safe to assume this is hanging on your rear view mirror between shifts?
     
  15. VentMonkey

    VentMonkey calpuleque Premium Member

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    Pfffth, I don't know about you?..but this is what all the "kool kidz" wear these days:rolleyes:
     
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  16. MackTheKnife

    MackTheKnife BSN, RN-BC, NREMT, EMT-P

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    I personally like to carry my Star Trek Tricorder and Phaser. Phaser set on stun of course.

    Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
     
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  17. redundantbassist

    redundantbassist Nefarious Dude

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    Where exactly do you fit all this stuff?

    Never mind, I don't want to know...
     
  18. NomadicMedic

    NomadicMedic EMS Edumacator

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    As time goes on, I carry less and less. I find a flashlight and good shears to be invaluable. Other than that, I can improvise.
     
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  19. DesertMedic66

    DesertMedic66 Forum Troll

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    After recent events I bought a mic attachment for our handheld radios which makes it a whole lot more convenient
     
  20. VentMonkey

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    This. The only other thing I carry is my own set of ears, but my shears have been with me since my L.A. County EMS days.

    Let us not forget the power of a trusty "Surefire" either.
     
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