3M Scotchlite Black Reflective Striping Tape
3M Scotchlite Black Reflective Striping Tape

This is black reflective tape. I originally purchased this for my motorcycle. I added some stripes of it to my pannier bags and along the bottom edge of my helmet. A couple of strips live along the front fender as well. This tape is black, durable, and stealthy. However, it lights up brilliantly at night. I’ve found this to be really useful addition to my toolbox. I’ve added it to the edges of my mailbox, and I’ve added strips to my sea kayak paddles. My commuter bike for tooling around town has it around my seat-post and on the black handlebars. It’s almost completely unnoticeable during the day and is quite bright at night. If you order a roll of it, you’ll be surprised at how useful it will be.

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Caseling Hard Case for Stethoscope
Caseling Hard Case for Stethoscope

Stethoscope case has an accessory pocket

My wife recently worked in Hawaii for a month, and I watched in horror as she tossed her Littmann Cardiology stethoscope into her carry-on bag without any protection. I combed through the reviews and found this case from Caseling for her.

This is a great little case that will comfortably fit a stethoscope and a few small accessories. When you place your stethoscope into it, just remember to make the largest loops with the tubing that you can. You want to make sure that your tubing stays kink free and as uncompressed as possible.

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CRKT Drifter Serrated Edge Knife
CRKT Drifter Serrated Edge Knife

This is my new favorite everyday carry knife. I’ve been carrying this knife for a couple of months now, and it’s fantastic. It’s reasonably priced, and is made from good steel. It sharpens well, and I like having a serrated edge - I find it useful for cutting cord in particular.

The knife is very practical - it opens with either hand, and it’s slim enough that it fits well in my pocket. It’s cheap enough that if I were to lose it, I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. It’s a little tricky to close with one hand, but I don’t find it to be troublesome.

At this price point, I don’t think this knife can be beaten. It’ll be a trusty tool for the job.

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The NuMask Pocket CPR Mask
The NuMask Pocket CPR Mask

The National Ski Patrol has recently starting recommending this new mask design for ski patrollers.

Unlike a traditional mask, this acts like a SCUBA or snorkel mouthpiece and uses the patients lips to seal the mask. The nose is them held shut with a modified CE grip. You can check out the training materials to learn more.

Perhaps the most interesting part of this new mask is that it comes with a soft OPA. The provider trims the OPA to length with shears and inserts it. The OPA actually indexes into the mouthpiece and helps form a seal.

This is a really interesting approach. I’ve used mine in training, and after getting used to inserting it, there’s no blow-by and the system seems really solid. In addition, the carrying case is small. I’ve stashed a few of them in various personal packs of mine.

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Incident Command Field Book
Incident Command Field Book

This is a very handy field reference with the ICS forms in a durable format in write in the rain paper. The plastic cover and the durable paper will hold up to a rainy scene. This has sixteen sets of the two page form including the unit log, personnel roster assignments, and the activity log.

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Victorinox Belt Clip - Perfect for Keys!
Victorinox Belt Clip - Perfect for Keys!

This is a great little belt clip - it’ll hold a keychain and it won’t damage your belt.

Expect this to become a part of your everyday carry, it’s a great way to keep a keychain handy, without it digging into your hip. The clip action is firm, but might not be great with a really thick key ring. But it’ll certainly work with 99% of the key rings I’ve seen.

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CMS 50-DL Pulse Oximeter
CMS 50-DL Pulse Oximeter

First, this simple pulse oximeter is not rated for medical use. However, it’s accurate and a perfect addition to a personal equipment kit. I keep one in my ski patrol kit. It’s lightweight, and as long as fingers are reasonably warm, it’s a great baseline starting point.

Toss it in an emergency personal kit, and have a great little Pulse-ox meter with you whenever you need it!

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XStat® device for the treatment of gunshot and shrapnel wounds
XStat® device for the treatment of gunshot and shrapnel wounds

This looks to be a interesting product. The FDA has recently approved the XStat device for traumatic and penetrating wounds. The device appears to be particularly useful in treating deep gashes that are difficult to manage with a tourniquet.

The device has been cleared for use in severe hemorrhagic shock and non-compressible junctional wounds. It contains a collection of small sponges that act as a temporary barrier to blood flow. Each applicator can absorb up to a pint of blood.

This looks to be a promising new tool. Read more at the manufacturer website.

5.11 Paramedic Company Boots
5.11 Paramedic Company Boots

Quick to put on with some great features! This is a super confortable boot with great support and cushioning. The Neoprene collar fits snuggly. You’ve got enough to worry about - now you’ll never worry about your feet again.

These have full grain leather and will take polish well. They’ve got solid construction and will hold up well.

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5.11 Tactical Responder High-Vis Parka
5.11 Tactical Responder High-Vis Parka

This is a brilliant jacket with bright reflective trim that is sure to help keep you safe on scene. The jacket is waterproof with fully taped seems and a laminate taffeta that is effective against many blood borne pathogens. The pockets are more than amble, and the cuffs work great. This is a great piece of equipment.

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Superfeet Insoles - Have tired feet?
Superfeet Insoles - Have tired feet?

Superfeet can be difference in tired feet at the end of the shift, and going running when you get home. I own these for every pair of boots and shoes I own. Great arch support and excellent comfort. Upgrade your boots today!

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Improvised Medicine: Providing Care in Extreme Environments
Improvised Medicine: Providing Care in Extreme Environments

This is a creative and interesting book that is filled with techniques to use when traditional tools are simply not available or when you must provide care outside of your specialty. While the book may be intended more for the Hospital, there are many techniques and ideas that can work well for a paramedic. As a medic, you’re probably used to improvising to some degree, and this book will definitely help you step it up a notch!

  • Make an endotracheal tube in seconds
  • Perform digital-oral and blind-nasotracheal intubations
  • Clean, disinfect, and sterilize equipment for reuse
  • Warm blood units in seconds inexpensively
  • Quickly and easily stop postpartum hemorrhage
  • Fashion surgical equipment from common items
  • Make ECG electrode/defibrillator pads and ultrasound gel

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