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Where do you keep your trauma shears?

A bit of a silly question, but where do you keep your trauma shears? The pockets in my scrub tops are typically so full that I can't put anything else in there. Most of the scrub pants I own only have one leg pocket (which is where I put my nurses' cell phone), and the shears don't fit my waist pockets. I really don't want to resort to a fanny pack. :nailbiting:

I guess I should have thought about where to put my shears when I bought all my scrub pants, but these are the only kind I own.

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I'm considering getting a holster but a lot of the ones I saw require you to wear a belt.

So where do you keep your shears? I'm looking for creative ideas

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

I don't...if I need scissors for anything I get a sterile pair out of the supply room. It can't be good for infection control to carry them from patient to patient.

I used to shove them in my back waistband. They occasionally fell down my pants leg which offered a little comic relief when the shift got rough! Please note, these were my trauma shears that I used to cut clothing and such off. They were never used for bandages, wound dressings or whatnot.

brillohead, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardio-Pulmonary; Med-Surg; Private Duty.

All my scrub tops have four pockets on the front (a double pocket on the left and the right).

My scissors are in the front left pocket, along with my highlighter and my Sharpie and my red pen. My personal cell phone is in the back left pocket. My two black pens and my penlight are in the front right pocket. My paper brain is in the back right pocket.

Yes, I'm a bit anal. Why do you ask? ;)

ED_Murse

Specializes in Emergency.

I don't...if I need scissors for anything I get a sterile pair out of the supply room. It can't be good for infection control to carry them from patient to patient.

i find that scissors don't just "cut" it for a lot of things in the ER. Motorbike leathers for example are especially difficult.

I keep my shears clipped onto my waistband. Leatherman shears come with a holder.

What about sewing a loop on your pants to slip them through?

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro.

i find that scissors don't just "cut" it for a lot of things in the ER. Motorbike leathers for example are especially difficult.

I keep my shears clipped onto my waistband. Leatherman shears come with a holder.

Good point; I've never worked in ED, so haven't had the need to cut off clothing.

Im a geek and wear a small tool pouch. I find it holds everything I need regardless of the situation. I dropped my scissors, clamps, etc out of my pockets all of the time working in the hospital and had to find a way to not leave the room to look for my stuff. When I worked for the fire department though...I never carried anything but what was in my medic bag.

I work in a busy city trauma center, and a lot of our nurses thread a roll of tape onto a hemostat and clip it to the bottom of their scrub top. Then they stick the shears through the top, and the whole mess hangs there. Personally, that drives me crazy, I use an old fashioned small fanny pack and it's not bad.

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