I really enjoy trauma care training. It’s useful, it’s a gateway for talking about being responsible for your own safety, and it’s still relatively new enough to me I learn something new every time.
I picked up some new brain wrinkles at the Hebrew Hogger event this July. Here are two little tips that I hope you enjoy, too.
Retractable Badge Holders
It’s easy to find the stuff in your trauma kit when the lights are on, you’re in your kitchen, everyone’s calm, and no one is spurting blood on the backsplash.
I’m concerned that I might lose track of my gear under stressful conditions — especially in low light, and especially if I have to set the tool down to do something else. I’m particularly worried about losing my shears or flashlight.
Keeping your gear on a retractable line will help you keep track of stuff, but still allow you the freedom of movement to use the tool effectively. Most retractable lines have more than enough reach for you to work on a wounded person without hassling with your kit. My car kit can be worn around my body, so that really keeps my items mobile and secure.
I bought a 5-pack of reels for $9 on Amazon Prime. I specifically chose this model because it had a gated, carabiner-style attachment. This seems more robust than the typical clip you might see on your work ID badge.
If you want some extra durability, I own a few retractable reels meant to hold digital cameras up to six pounds. They are way more expensive, but the lines are very durable. Given how light shears are, I thought I’d try inexpensive ones first.
Seatbelt Cutters / Car Emergency Tool
I have a ResQMe seatbelt cutter / glass breaker in my car in case I need to escape. An interesting tip from the trauma class was keeping one in your kit. You can use this to punch a window or cut a seatbelt, but you can also use it to cut away someone’s pants or shirt.
The plastic guide slides between the clothing and the skin, and away you go.
Pretty interesting idea, and I like the idea of a multitasker in my kit.
I’m going to experiment with cutting jeans, cargo pants, and shirts with the seatbelt cutter to see how it performs. Look for the experiment in a future post.