New basic, what should I bring with me?

OhItzJimmy

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Like a bp cuff... no need to go out and buy something that should already be stocked on your rig in the first place.
Most of the rigs I've been on, the cuffs weren't working properly & you shouldn't have to go buy a set since your EMT school/program should have made you get one already.
 

VentMonkey

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Most of the rigs I've been on, the cuffs weren't working properly
Sounds like you need to talk with your supply tech, supervisors, or both. If all else fails, try a better service:).
 

CALEMT

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Most of the rigs I've been on, the cuffs weren't working properly & you shouldn't have to go buy a set since your EMT school/program should have made you get one already.
I think you're missing the point. The point is your service should provide you with the tools to do your job.
 

DesertMedic66

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Most of the rigs I've been on, the cuffs weren't working properly & you shouldn't have to go buy a set since your EMT school/program should have made you get one already.
That should not be the case. If they are not working properly you need to talk to you supply people and/or toss the broken ones and get new ones.

My EMT program did not have us buy B/P cuffs. Now that I am teaching for that same EMT program we still do not require students to buy them. We have approx 50 new B/P cuffs in storage and 20 that are currently being used.
 

EpiEMS

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Most of the rigs I've been on, the cuffs weren't working properly & you shouldn't have to go buy a set since your EMT school/program should have made you get one already.
Shouldn't be the case - you should escalate this problem. BP cuffs are a critical piece of equipment.
 

DrParasite

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Most of the rigs I've been on, the cuffs weren't working properly & you shouldn't have to go buy a set since your EMT school/program should have made you get one already.
If your cuff's aren't working properly, than they should be taken out of service. I can't imagine any ambulance would pass department of health standards without a working BP cuff.

Also, you shouldn't have to purchase your own BP cuff for EMT class. Your own stethoscope, sure, but not your own cuff.

As an aside, I think everyone on the ambulance should own their own stethoscope, but that doesn't mean the agency shouldn't provide one for your kit in case you leave yours at home.
 

VentMonkey

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.As an aside, I think everyone on the ambulance should own their own stethoscope, but that doesn't mean the agency shouldn't provide one for your kit in case you leave yours at home.
I do prefer my own set, though this could be in part to my aging ears as well.
 
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