What's in your pocket - ER Style - page 2

I know there are some older threads similar to this but I figured a fresh one with an ED focus might not be a bad idea. Stethoscope - Goes without saying...but for sack of being through. I... Read More

  1. by   chansen
    I've paired down quite a bit. Used to carry full sets of IV start kits, but our nurse-servers in each ED room carry a good many things.

    - stethoscope
    - hemostats with a tape roll on them clipped to my scrub top with my shears down through the tape.
    - small memo book notepad in breast pocket.
    - 4 color click pen.
    - iphone with related apps
    - flushes and alcohol wipes
    - chloraprep
    - ammonia capsule taped to back of my badge
  2. by   NO50FRANNY
    Night duty as acute team leader last night- two dect phones, arrest pager, 1 sleeve valium, 1 sleeve panadeine forte, zyprexa wafers, 1 sleeve ibuprofen, lockup drug keys, micropore and about 20 alcohol swabs. Various patient labels stuck to scrubs, shoulder / knee / forearm. Ready for anything!
  3. by   ERnurseM
    Badge, s scope, small note pad, 3 pens, tape paper and regular strung onto kelly forceps and pinched onto side of my scrubs like a holster for my shears. And my iPhone for quick med reference and calculations. Of course alcohol wipes, 2 sets of IV start kits 18g, 20g.
  4. by   Altra
    Some of you carry a lot ...

    For me it's stethoscope, pens, trauma shears, lipstick, lip balm, and a little cash. And that's all. Everything else is stocked where I would need it.
  5. by   airwayguru
    Sounds like you wear EMT pants/Polo or a flight suit. I am going with the flight suit.

    Quote from murphyle
    For me, this question should read "What's in your pockets", plural, as I'm quite well known for the plethora of them on my scrubs. That said, on to the tally...

    Left sleeve #1 and 2: Pen and penlight.
    Left chest: Surgical site marker, misc personals (chap stick, artificial tears, etc).
    Belt clip: Stethoscope, mobile phone w/ apps.
    Left hip: Leatherman multi-tool. (Amazingly handy for fixing gronked-on clamps, busted electronic gear, etc...)
    Right hip: Wallet, loose change.
    Left thigh #1: Carpuject adaptor.
    Left thigh #2: Department SpectraLink.
    Left thigh #3: Rolls of tape (1 silk, 1 paper - nothing quite so annoying as "I'm allergic to tape!!" just as you're securing that impossible-to-obtain IV...)
    Right thigh #1: Pocket vision card and tape measure.
    Right thigh #2: Trauma shears.
    Right thigh #3: Alcohol and Betadine swabs.
    Left lower leg: Misc papers.
  6. by   airwayguru
    I carry the following with me all the time on me when I am working the clinic.

    I wear khacki BDU pants and a polo shirt. In my pockets I have spare exam gloves, notebook, IV start kits, 3" Tape, barf bag, and hand sanitizer. On my belt I have my flashlight, multi tool, CPR mask, radio.

    Polo shirt I keep my marker and pen. My creditals are on my laynard with some quick notes and 1" Transpore Tape. Stethoscope around the neck.
  7. by   Bobmo88
    I wear aviator scrubs so there are a lot of cargo pockets in addition to a back pocket and side pockets like regular pants.

    Back pocket: Wallet

    Side pockets: Keys and phone

    Left Cargo Pocket: Stethoscope with LED light that clips onto the bell.

    Right Cargo Pocket: pairs of gloves and flushes

    Left and Right pen holder pockets: pens haha

    Right velcro strap pocket: all black Prestige Medical Trauma Shears

    and lastly, my hemostats that are clamped to my scrub top that hold both paper tape and 3M micropore tape.
  8. by   NeoPediRN
    chloraprep wipes, trauma shears, pocket emergency guide, pocket medical spanish guide, NS flushes, phone and pen.
  9. by   Runner1989
    My stethoscope around my neck, a sharpie, 2 pens, flushes, alcohol pads, my shears, hemostats, and a roll of tape. Goodness its a wonder you can function with all the stuff we have in our pockets!
  10. by   Pixie.RN
    Trauma shears, steth (around neck), blue pens, a highlighter (to highlight completed orders), alcohol preps, 2x2s, tape... and my patrol cap in case I need to go outside quickly. My patrol cap is one fashion accessory we Army folks are not supposed to be missing while outdoors.
  11. by   That Guy
    Steth in L cargo pocket
    Phone, carpujet, small bandage shears R cargo pocket
    Trauma shears back right pocket
    Pens/Penlight L scrub pocket
    iPhone L pants pocket
  12. by   edmia
    Fun thread!

    I like to keep it minimal:

    trauma shears

    Our ED has all the tapes, alcohol wipes, gauze, tegaderm and other small supplies at each bedside on the wall. Each room has an otoscope so no need for pen light. At the beginning of my career, I carried around EVERYTHING, including reference books... I tried a fanny pack for a bit, but didn't like the feel of it. So, slowly I discarded the unnecessary and kept the essential.
  13. by   KyPinkRN
    This is almost exactly what I have in my pockets... except I always have a few alcohol swabs. I have found that they are quite adequate for jotting down a set of vitals. Plus I'm not wasting paper cause as soon as I chart said vitals I can use the alcohol swab