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    Default Vicks Vapo-rub in the ems kit

    I recently returned from an ems call where the lady of the house had an incontinence issue. The depends was soaked and so was her night gown leading to a strong aroma. On my career FD we carried Vicks Vapo-rub in the lit for just such a situation. We don't do that on my POC ems service and my suggestion to do so was met with resistance from our director.

    Just for clarification the Vicks was put in the emt's nose to block the smell

    Just curious as to how many of you carry Vicks in your kits.
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    We did , but the effectiveness varies person to person -- with me , it just made it smell like mentholated *****.

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    LOL! That hurt a bit.


    Some on the ambulance squad have suggested vicks. I am kinda sensitive to smells, I think I will carry it.

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    I am going to get a plastic tube of Vicks and carry it in my ems coat.
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    I've used it when I went to autopsies as part of Paramedic school, smelled like mentholated dead people...
    As far as the medical director approval, it's not a part of treatment so he really doesn't have a say in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnsb View Post
    I've used it when I went to autopsies as part of Paramedic school, smelled like mentholated dead people...
    As far as the medical director approval, it's not a part of treatment so he really doesn't have a say in it.
    My thoughts exactly on the medical director's opinion. Frankly, if I had nasal congestion and chose to use Vick's as a treatment would they not allow me to respond?
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    Not in our response kits, but it is in the rigs themselves.
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    In my personal kit, and often in my pocket.

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    Peppermint oil, is amazing an old EMT showed me that trick. Only problem is that its so strong if you use to much, it takes your breath away but no smellz.

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    We usually keep a little container of it in the glove compartment of our ambos. It usually doesn't work too well for me, so if I know I'll need it (PD is usually good about giving us a quick heads up) I'll put some of it on the inside of a N95 mask and wear that inside.

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    I have carried a jar of Vicks in my EMS kit for 20 years. It works awesome. In the recent 3-4 years I have carried peppermint oil as well upon the suggestion from a crusty old medic from long ago. I have only used it once but it worked great too. I put 2-3 drops inside a basic facemask (like for surgery, not N95) and it worked great at my last "stinker."

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