EMT Tools of the TradeEvery day is one that some EMS professional somewhere will roll out on a call. The hours are unpredictable and the situations they will encounter, even more unpredictable. As a result, it’s extremely important to carry the right EMS Tools for any situation. Although you can’t be sure you’ll always have everything you might need, it’s a good idea to have some basics. We’ve compiled a list of helpful tools for EMTs (in no particular order) for reference.
Best EMS Tools & Knives
- Multi-use tool: As an EMT there is limited space to carry and store useful items during a shift. Having a multi-purpose tool like a seatbelt cutter, knife, and glass breaker all-in-one or a Leatherman will ensure you can easily access the tool needed for the task, without taking up too much precious space.
- Helmet light, small flashlight and penlight: The helmet light is great for those late night calls where you have to travel away from your rig, while the small flashlight and penlight are lightweight and convenient options to carry around and for checking pupil reactions of patients
- Rescue gloves & glove pouch: You will ALWAYS use multiple pairs of gloves. Consider stocking both nitrile and latex varieties.
- EMT field guide: A BLS (basic life support) or ALS (advanced life support) field guide is a great reference for any EMT. There are pocket versions available, and yes, there is an app for that!
- Safety goggles and hearing protection: You can’t ever be too protective of your precious eyes and ears. EMTs undoubtedly encounter biohazards and loud sirens on a regular basis.
- Trauma shears: Also known as tuff cuts, this type of scissors allows you to carefully and quickly remove clothing away from the injured person.
- Stethoscope: Invest in a good stethoscope. It is the most basic tool for EMS personnel or any medical professional to ascertain a patient’s respiratory distress or response to treatment. Be sure to right your name on it!
This list of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) tools and knives is a solid foundation of basics but can certainly be expanded. There are definitely nice to have on hand items including hand cream, pens, small pad of paper, mints, and some change for those emergency vending machine runs!