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    For those of you who are EMT/Paramedics, what kind of supplies do you have in your personal vehicle or house for medical emergencies? (if any)
    How in depth of aid can you render to someone with what you have, etc. ?

    I've been trying to come up with a good set of first aid stuff to keep in my truck but most that is sold in kits are just band-aids... mehh....


    My ADD wants to ask what else you may carry in your personal vehicle that may be relevant to first aid, or those kind of things you always keep in your vehicle


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    how long have you been a emt or medic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by legos.8ty7 View Post
    how long have you been a emt or medic?


    From his question, I would say he just started, if that.
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    That was my guess.

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    Walks like an FNG, talks like an FNG, you got it, he's an FNG.

    Yeah, I have no field experience as I'm still in school. If you're wondering if I'm asking this about the whole 'off duty save-the-day' kind of work, that's not what I'm going for.

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    dont get butt hurt, you wont make it far in this career field.

    what are you going for then?

    honestly dont worry about buying equipment for "personal" use. get some experience first before you start thinking about carrying anything b/c then you become liable for the care you render.

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    "you" as in me or "you" in general? (Not offended at all, just wondering)

    Just to have a simple kit for myself or whatever.
    I am aware of all the "scope of practice" and liability issues, so I wasn't planning on rendering care to John Q. Citizen or anything like that. I suppose my question here is.. unnecessary.

    But besides me, what kinds of things do you guys carry?
    Not for me to find that stuff and carry it but I'm merely curious at this point.

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    I don't carry anything besides probably having gloves.
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    I have some gloves a handful of flares in my truck. Otherwise, that's it.
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    I carry alot of stuff but far and away my cell phone is used the most.
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    I volunteer as an EMT for our local womens Roller Derby team, so I have a full jump bag I use when working with them. In my personal vehicle, I just carry gloves and a flashlight. My cell phone is probably the best tool if something big happens.
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    Myself, gloves and me cell phone.
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    Besides my cell phone, I'm never without gloves, a flashlight, an ink pen and notepad.

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    I have my personal cuff and 'scope, but that's because I know where they've been....

    A few 2x2's, 4x4's, some tape, maybe a few band-aids, just in case...

    Flares, a couple of lightsticks, flashlight - stuff I'd probably carry if I wasn't in the fire/EMS business (Dad taught me to be prepared). The cellphone is omnipresent.

    Then again, I'm currently a chief, so I've got a radio and a few other "chiefly" things in the truck as well.
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    couldn't hurt having a condom
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    I've got my own blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, mouth-to-mouth mask and some minor things. I'm building up my collection.
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    I used to carry nothing but gloves but in the past year i have been a magnet for rolling up on accidents before anybody else. I was the first person to find and stabilize a guy who flew off of his motorcycle and sustained a compound leg fracture, broken arm, sheared off toes and all sorts of road rash. Took almost 10 minutes for EMS to get there due to being late at night on a highway. Two months later, i came upon another accident with two motorcyle riders with one DOA and the other chewed up like hamburger. Then pulled out of my accountants driveway and saw a head on collision. One driver had a gaping head wound.

    All of that in the past 14 months. So now i keep a small bag (about the size of a shoe box) under my rear seat with the following:

    1. Gloves
    2. Half a dozen gauze pads in various sizes.
    3. Three gauge rolls.
    4. Triangle bandage
    5. Israeli bandages (One 4", One 6")
    6. CAT Tourniquet
    7. Two rolls of tape.
    8. Ace bandage.
    9. Compression bandage(THE Bandage).
    10. Medium pack of CELOX.
    11. Cheap scope.
    12. Penlight.
    13. CPR Shields.

    Total cost for all including the bag? About $40.00. I carry it for the simple reason that it's better to have something and not need it, then need something and not have it. No matter where i am in my truck, it's with me. Camping, visiting friends, driving to work, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WD6956 View Post
    I used to carry nothing but gloves but in the past year i have been a magnet for rolling up on accidents before anybody else. I was the first person to find and stabilize a guy who flew off of his motorcycle and sustained a compound leg fracture, broken arm, sheared off toes and all sorts of road rash. Took almost 10 minutes for EMS to get there due to being late at night on a highway. Two months later, i came upon another accident with two motorcyle riders with one DOA and the other chewed up like hamburger. Then pulled out of my accountants driveway and saw a head on collision. One driver had a gaping head wound.

    All of that in the past 14 months. So now i keep a small bag (about the size of a shoe box) under my rear seat with the following:

    1. Gloves
    2. Half a dozen gauze pads in various sizes.
    3. Three gauge rolls.
    4. Triangle bandage
    5. Israeli bandages (One 4", One 6")
    6. CAT Tourniquet
    7. Two rolls of tape.
    8. Ace bandage.
    9. Compression bandage(THE Bandage).
    10. Medium pack of CELOX.
    11. Cheap scope.
    12. Penlight.
    13. CPR Shields.

    Total cost for all including the bag? About $40.00. I carry it for the simple reason that it's better to have something and not need it, then need something and not have it. No matter where i am in my truck, it's with me. Camping, visiting friends, driving to work, etc.
    Which means that now you've got all that, you'll never need a stitch of it. (God willing!) Gotta ask: Where'd ya get the Israeli's? Aint that kinda "army" issue?

    However, to answer the basic premise question: I have a moderate kit in the truck, not quite as extensive as above, but enough to handle something major if it happens and I draw the short straw for first on scene. But even without the truck kit, ALWAYS have a couple sets of gloves and a CPR pocket shield in my pockets.

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