In all sincerity, bring your brain-critical thinking skills, situational awareness. Stethoscope, shears.I'm going to be starting soon as a fresh basic in San Antonio, Texas and I would like to avoid having unnecessary equipment and looking like freaking Batman. Any ideas on what items are essential and what items are superfluous?
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.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.
Where exactly do you fit all this stuff?I leave my personal keys in my backpack, in the unit. do not want to leave keys on scene by accident
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 Knife. My knife has a glass punch and O2 key
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.
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.I find a flashlight and good shears to be invaluable. Other than that, I can improvise.