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3 Hero Items for the EMS Week 2011 Merchandise Catalog

EMS Week merchandise is available. It is a predictable collection of shirts, hoodies, caps, pens, cups, and water bottles. My preference was always for a gift I might actually use/wear on duty. So an insulated mug, water bottle, or good click pen would satisfy my wants.

Hero Gear

The theme of EMS Week 2011 is Everyday EMS Heroes. As I reviewed the EMS Week merchandise catalog these items were missing.

1. Cape. Most heroes need a cape. The ideal paramedic cape might be a cape slash bib. A little mini cape that could be rotated to cover your chest while you eat a meal sitting in the ambulance while posting.

2. Communicator watch. I have had several patients assume that as I looked at my watch while counting their pulse rate my watch was sending me the same commands they were receiving. A watch with simple voice activated recording to store and playback vital signs could be helpful.

3. In Service beacon. Responding “we are en route” or punching in-service on a MDT is so mundane. I would like to be able to direct a high beam spotlight on a cloud in the direction of the dispatch center.

What other gear do everyday EMS heroes need?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.