WHAT'S IN MY COAT/SCRUB POCKETS
Most of the time I don't wear white coats (don't want to scare the wee ones) (nor the adults), so the majority of this fits in my scrub booty/booby pockets (h/t @AlexandraLouise) and/or my track jacket pockets.
- •PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) cardsIf I could only carry one thing, it'd be this. It has all the instructions for CPR by age, the large majority of algorithms needed when a patient is crashing (bad infection/sepsis, heart stopping, heart beating too fast and weirdly), and basically is a how-to for most basic emergencies. It's my security blanket and I never want to be caught without it.
- •Pens on pens on pensI will snag literally any pen that the hospital gives me. I am hard on my pens. @donnie got me these shot pens that serve as a good icebreaker/joke with patients, and also nobody can get away with stealing them.
- •PenlightI examine a lot of kids and babies early in the morning and late at night, and not waking them up is a big priority. Need a portable flashlight.
- •20oz bottle of Diet CokeIf I wear the right size scrubs, it'll fit in my back pocket!
- •Kids KardSimilar concept to PALS card in that it's a pocket size fold-out for emergencies, but more medications and reference values (sizes of tubes by age, normal vital signs by age, calculations of fluids, etc).
- •Hair tiesTbh I have hair ties in every pocket, bag, room of my house, drawer. I don't like my hair to be in my face.
- •"Yellow cards"They're my residency program's annual directory of important phone and pager numbers. All day long, you can hear a question being asked, then answered with, "check your yellow cards" or "isn't that on our yellow cards?" They are 3 invaluable pieces of trifold card stock.
- •HandoffA piece of paper with a list of all my patients I'm taking care of that day, stapled to a packet of basic information about them (brief summary of they're there, meds they're on, to-do lists). Usually littered with my notes from rounds. This is actually today's (bottom notes part only, obviously, I can't show the real patient stuff 😁).
- •SnaxMomma gets hungry during rounds.
- •Small toyFor distraction purposes. Extra helpful when it's also a light ("Can the doggy look in your mouth?").
- •My NICU book when I'm in the NICU, my PICU book when I'm in the PICU (not right now wooooo)These places have all different terminologies and protocols and essentially a whole other language. Need a translation dictionary.
- •Obvi mah pager
- •Obvi mah hospital phone, when applicable
- •Obvi mah cellphoneFor listappin!