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Old 10-24-2010, 08:57 PM   #1
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Knee pads


Do any of you use knee pads? EMS providers are on their knees more than the average working professional. And I'm asking about any kind, and if you do, please mention what kind you use. Some pants (5.11 Tactical, in particular) have pockets on the inside of the knees intended to hold simple rubber pads. One firefighting instructor I know advocates using tactical or construction knee pads worn inside the pants.


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Old 10-24-2010, 09:05 PM   #2
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I've played around with using soft paintball kneedpads under my pants... but in NM summers they just got too hot. My 5.11s came with some, but they wound up more like shin pads than knee pads
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I don't see a need for knee pads. I spent a lot of time walking, sitting, and lifting, by very little time on my knees.

Do you spend that much time doing patient assessments and treatments on your knees?
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I don't see a need for knee pads. I spent a lot of time walking, sitting, and lifting, by very little time on my knees.

Do you spend that much time doing patient assessments and treatments on your knees?
The only time I have ever used knee pads was in EMT school when we were doing extrication and C-spine immobilization onto a LBB. This part of EMT class guaranteed long periods of time spent kneeling on the ground.

Besides this period in class, I have never felt the need for knee pads. Nor have I ever seen anyone use a pair.
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Old 10-24-2010, 10:26 PM   #6
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I don't see a need for knee pads. I spent a lot of time walking, sitting, and lifting, by very little time on my knees.

Do you spend that much time doing patient assessments and treatments on your knees?
I don't spend any time doing patient assessments or treatments. I'm just a student. And when I used to be an EMT, I worked IFT only, so that was all standing.

Despite my lack of experience, I can see that EMTs spend more time on their knees than bankers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. But they do not spend as much time on their knees as workers who are likely to use knee pads, such as painters, carpenters, infantry, etc. EMTs are somewhere in between, so it occurred to me that some might choose to opt for more comfort and protection than less.

Oddly enough, it seemed to me that perhaps the best way to find out what opinion experienced EMTs have about knee pads, whether or not they're useful at all, was to just ask them. So far, apart from your suggestion that perhaps I'm a crappy EMT who spends too much time doing assessments and treatments, I think I've been getting what I wanted.
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I don't spend any time doing patient assessments or treatments. I'm just a student. And when I used to be an EMT, I worked IFT only, so that was all standing.

Despite my lack of experience, I can see that EMTs spend more time on their knees than bankers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. But they do not spend as much time on their knees as workers who are likely to use knee pads, such as painters, carpenters, infantry, etc. EMTs are somewhere in between, so it occurred to me that some might choose to opt for more comfort and protection than less.

Oddly enough, it seemed to me that perhaps the best way to find out what opinion experienced EMTs have about knee pads, whether or not they're useful at all, was to just ask them. So far, apart from your suggestion that perhaps I'm a crappy EMT who spends too much time doing assessments and treatments, I think I've been getting what I wanted.
Actually, now that I think about it we have some padded slide board that you can kneel on in lieu of knee pads. Barely ever use it but we do have one.

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Well, I don't have knee pads in my pants or anything, but I do carry them for high angle or confined space rescue, so I suppose I have them if I need them. They are just simple slip on style ones with an elastic bad that goes behind you knee and a foam pad in the front. I have never used them apart from technical or heavy rescue situations though.

Although it is off topic, my turnout gear has built in knee pads that are really nice for the first 15 minutes of a structure fire. After that, all the crap on the floor combined with your wet gear and gallons of sweat inside the gear turns your knees into hamburger. Fun.
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I just want to take a moment to apologize for a comment I made earlier. I've been reading posts with way too much sensitivity lately. I know that MMiz intended no insult at me. Sorry about that.

I promise I will try to calm down.
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Although it is off topic, my turnout gear has built in knee pads that are really nice for the first 15 minutes of a structure fire. After that, all the crap on the floor combined with your wet gear and gallons of sweat inside the gear turns your knees into hamburger. Fun.
It was actually this type of situation that prompted the comment I overheard which led to my asking about it here.

It was a firefighter instructor talking to a prospective firefighting student, and the instructor suggested getting a good set of knee pads and wearing them underneath the uniform pants. He made a point of wearing them underneath the pants because some instructors apparently view that as "cheating" somehow, like trying to stay comfortable over a long period of time is a bad thing. I overheard that discussion and wondered if there might be any benefit to EMTs as well, since we normally aren't even wearing turnout pants with their built-in extra knee padding.

I recently bought a pair of 5.11 Tactical EMS pants, which have knee pad pocket but didn't actually come with the rubber pads. They did come with a hang tag with an offer for free pads, though, with proof of purchase, and since it was completely free (not even S&H required), I sent in for them. So I'll see what, if any, benefit they have. But the firefighting instructor was specifically talking about the tactical style knee pad, though.
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