I was always a bit of a nerd when it comes to gadgets. Now, while working as a prehospital emergency doctor, I often ask my colleagues the question: “What do you carry?”.

Since there are so many great gadgets, I try to not to stuff too much stuff in my pockets, while having in mind the great talk “always carry your scalpel” and being prepared for “worst case” scenarios.

So – what do I carry? Here it is:

German Prehospital Doc

Protective Wear:
High visibility clothing by reverse.

Jacket content:
Left Pocket:

Right Pocket:
High power flashlight (Nitecore P20)
A few gloves

Left chest:
Tourniquet (this one)

Left chest pocket:
Scalpel (10 blade)
Folding bougie (“Pocket Introducer“)

Trousers content:
Rescue tool (the Victorinox one – great to cut up clothes for CPR and trauma)

Left upper pocket:
Cell phone

Left knee pocket:
2 pairs of gloves
Pediatric dosing table (self designed – coming online here soon!)

Right pocket:
Mini flashlight (Fenix LD10; for pupils and if I don’t have my jacket)
Mini pen (actually a “Space Pen” ;-))

Right knee pocket:
Stethoscope (a robust Master Classic II)
Rubber stamp (needed for bureaucratic reasons…)

Haix  (Airpower XR1)

So… what do you think? And: What do you carry?

2 thoughts on “What do YOU carry? German prehospital doctor

  1. I carry a bunch of stuff. My white coat (yes, I wear one) has 5 pockets, my scrub pants have 7 pockets and I also carry a fanny bag as my belt. Without going into the location for each item within my 12 pockets, here is the list of items I carry with me during my shift.
    – 1 inch silk tape roll (in one of the arms of my stethoscope)
    – Pens, at least 3, and a black sharpie marker.
    – A 10 blade scalpel
    – 3-4 cotton applicators
    – 2 silver nitrate sticks
    – iPhone
    – Trauma shears
    – Gloves (at least 4)
    – 1-0 silk and 1-0 chromic sutures
    – Measuring tape, the small self retracting soft plastic type
    – Portable mini otoscope and ophthalmoscope piece, which is also a good penlight.
    – Massimo mini pulse oximeter and ETCO2 detectors
    – Nitroglycerin 0.4 mg tab bottle (the little one)
    – Tetracaine ophthalmic drops
    – A lighter (but I am not smoker)
    – Chewing gum

    So far, I have found these items the most useful. I keep adding things and removing things depending on the location where I am working.

    Great post. I want to see all the other responses.


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