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For those of you that use them....I'm looking for some advice on what you keep in your fanny pack.

Medics: Are there any specific items you carry that you use constantly?

Medic students: Any school specific items?

I'm a medic student, and I'm about to start my vehicular shifts....so as I'm required to carry one on me, I'm looking for helpful things to put in mine.

Thanks.

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You're required to carry one? They tell you to carry it but don't tell you what to put in it? That seems odd. Why tell you to carry it then? What happens if you don't carry it?

I've never carried one. Ever. In all of my years in EMS I've known only one guy, just one out of the hundreds of providers I've met or worked with, who carried one. He was also a state trooper and was required to carry his weapon at all times. That's where he carried when on the ambulance.

Good luck.

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I know of one service where the Medics carry their narcs in a fanny pack. They are issued their own med pouch and carry on person when on shift. Seems to work for them as they may swap trucks as needed.

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Fanny pack sounds a bit um .... gay, sorry bro :D

Certain drugs are carried in a small hip pouch kept on the Officers belt; Paramedics carry fentanyl, morphine and midazolam whereas Intensive Care Paramedics also carry ketamine.

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Stuff it with granola bars and juice boxes, that might be all you get to eat in a day.

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Realizing the questionable orientation of the term I used.....That's the most PC term I could use without getting crude. But, ah well.

Yes, I will be required to carry one on me. Of course, it'll be stocked with the mandatory PPE, bandaging supplies, etc. So to clarify, I was looking more for ideas of different guides, "cheat sheets", etc.

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Does your agency not have a jump bag they take in on calls? Thats where all my bandaging supplies and PPE have been. I do carry a few pairs of rolled gloves in the ankle pocket of my pants, protocol book, scissors, a pen and a marker in my side pocket. Not sure what else you'd need to carry on your person vs in the bag.

I've seen a couple people with fanny packs, but they were never approved by the company. They carried items that were included in our drug box, but so they could just bring their pack instead of the big tackle box we used as a drug box, if they were feeling lazy. Also sometimes carried items our company wouldn't stock, so we "borrowed" from the hospitals. Usually had a work up kit, zofran, ASA, nitro, a few syringes, high pressure IV tubing, a pediatric pulse ox, can't think of what else. I'd be careful with carrying a pack like that though, as many of these items you shouldn't be keeping with you away from work.

Sorry I can't be more helpful, best guess is to just ask the other people at your service what they carry.

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In 2013, it is not okay to wear a fanny pack. In 1993 it was pushing it.

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In 2013, it is not okay to wear a fanny pack. In 1993 it was pushing it.

What about man purses? Jerry Seinfeld carried one so it must be ok right?

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What about man purses? Jerry Seinfeld carried one so it must be ok right?

He was more fucked in the head than I am, fo realz, so um yeah, not sure I would be dong anything he does

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He was more fucked in the head than I am, fo realz, so um yeah, not sure I would be dong anything he does

Dong, you said Dong

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After putting in quite a bit of thought as to what I would refer to my "fanny pack" as, if I were required to wear one, would be hip satchel or hip pouch.

The only pouches I've seen carried are the ones that the ACPs are required to carry containing their benzos and narcotics. The only equipment I carry on me as an ACP student are my drug cards, 1 inch medical tape, one 4x4 sterile bandage, alcohol swabs, extra pair of gloves, a pen and a penlight. I keep all these in the side pockets of my cargo pants. You shouldn't need much more than that I wouldn't think.

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Am I missing something here... I thought that was what pockets were for,...

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I don't believe in carrying all that crap.

Radio, phone, some pens and hip pouch and thats it

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...fanny packs? Nah, dawg, that ain't for me. I ain't wearin' no fanny pack. Just carry stuff in your pockets.

I usually carry my phone (has my protocols on it), a bunch of gloves, a pair of shears, a drug book and that's it (minus the radio, pager, keys).

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...fanny packs? Nah, dawg, that ain't for me. I ain't wearin' no fanny pack. Just carry stuff in your pockets.

I usually carry my phone (has my protocols on it), a bunch of gloves, a pair of shears, a drug book and that's it (minus the radio, pager, keys).

Where is your morphine and midazolam?

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Fentanyl and midazolam, and it's in a lockbox inside the truck. Poor access when needed, but honestly I've never felt like patient care was worsened by having to run and grab it.

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Fentanyl and midazolam, and it's in a lockbox inside the truck. Poor access when needed, but honestly I've never felt like patient care was worsened by having to run and grab it.

That's pretty fucked up inefficient; they only have to be locked here when nobody qualified to carry them is on and then they are locked in the station safe.

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We try to keep narcotics out of the hands of abusers here kiwi. Ours are kept in a vault in the ambulance also.

This is what we use:http://www.knoxbox.com/store/Knox-MedVault.cfm

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Ours isn't anywhere as fancy as that, just a cabinet with a key.

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I would only use the one we had issued when I was doing an event. That way I could walk away from the unit and have the small essentials. I would have several pairs of gloves, trauma shears, pen light, note pad/pen, and a CPR mask.

I too find it odd you are required to carry one on the unit but aren't told what to put in it.

As a student you should always have tons of pens (black only), notebook for taking notes, an ECG ruler, and any protocol/info you think you might need...

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Ours isn't anywhere as fancy as that, just a cabinet with a key.

It meets the requirements of secure storage & tracking put on us by the state.

Everyone get's their own pin # and we can download who has accessed the vault onto the laptop for tracking purposes.

Keeps them happy and off our backs.

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It's a satchel, not a purse. :P

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