What do I need?

medman123

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Can some one list what a new EMT might need to buy to be the best he/she can be. I would like to know every thing from the best clothing to the best gadgets to make your job just a bit easer.
 

NomadicMedic

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Everything in the Galls catalog. An AED. An O2 delivery set. Backboards. C-Collars.

Actually... don't buy anything until you get a job. Then buy what they tell you that you need for the job. After a few months you'll figure out what you really need.
 

bigcountryEMS32

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I agree most things you will need will be with the unit you're with. Just FYI though, I did buy my own stethoscope and blood pressure kit. I also have a CPR kit with a one way valve pocket mask, that I also keep some PPE in. Just in case of emergencies I might run into. When I'm with the unit they supply everything I need. So welcome to EMS and I hope that helps.. I just finished EMT-B class and will take my State test next week...so I'm just getting my feet wet also.
 
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Hal9000

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Your work should supply the ambulance and equipment that you need. A decent stethoscope could be one addition if you can't hear well on the ones they give you. One service I work for provides decent Littmans, so I never had to buy anything.

Anyway, depends on the service you work for. The same service that provided the great stethoscope provided a shoddy belt but I had my personal ones so it was fine.
 

exodus

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Stethescope and BP kit incase the one in the ambulance is leaky, like a lot of them are. Pens, pencils, pen light. And that's it.
 

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a fully loaded ambulance
 

Jon

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....actually... Don't buy anything until you get a job. Then buy what they tell you that you need for the job. After a few months you'll figure out what you really need.

best advice ever!
 

Vizior

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I second the opinion to wait... for my primary EMS job I have:

a nice pair of boots
comfortable undergarments
a stethoscope(they don't supply one)
a watch with second hand
pens and paper


I wouldn't worry about fancy pants or anything until after you try out whatever you've been issued. Good luck.
 
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