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
Aug 12, '12Occupation: Emergency Department RN Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Emergency, Critical Care, Trauma ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '09; Posts: 46; Likes: 69I'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.
- 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
- ammonia capsule taped to back of my badge
Aug 12, '12Occupation: Emergency Nurse Specialty: 14 year(s) of experience in Emergency, Haematology/Oncology ; From: AU ; Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 210; Likes: 673Night 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, shoulder / knee / forearm. Ready for anything!
Aug 12, '12Occupation: Nurse Specialty: Emergency ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '12; Posts: 9; Likes: 13Badge, s scope, small note pad, 3 pens, tape paper and regular strung onto kelly forceps and pinched onto side of mylike 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.
Aug 13, '12Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 6,885; Likes: 12,487Some 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.
Aug 18, '12Occupation: Medical Missionary From: US ; Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 15; Likes: 6Sounds like you wear EMT pants/Polo or a flight suit. I am going with the flight suit.
Quote from murphyleFor 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.
Aug 18, '12Occupation: Medical Missionary From: US ; Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 15; Likes: 6I 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.
Aug 19, '12Occupation: Emergency Room Nurse Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Emergency Room ; From: US ; Joined: May '12; Posts: 261; Likes: 90I 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.
Aug 21, '12Occupation: RN Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics, ER ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 959; Likes: 1,228chloraprep wipes, trauma shears, pocket emergency guide, pocket medical spanish guide, NS flushes, phone and pen.
Aug 31, '12Joined: Aug '12; Posts: 21; Likes: 20My 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!
Aug 31, '12Joined: Aug '05; Posts: 17,094; Likes: 14,785Trauma 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.
Sep 4, '12Joined: Dec '08; Posts: 3,574; Likes: 10,076Steth 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
Sep 4, '12Occupation: RN Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Emergency, ICU ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 850; Likes: 1,719Fun thread!
I like to keep it minimal:
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.
Sep 5, '12Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 300; Likes: 472This 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