I keep a list of things I want, or things I'd change, if I was the one who had the authority to make the changes.
Top on my list today is a portable, personal CO detector.
One of those that clip onto something would be great. We could clip it to the bag we carry in to every call.
I was just looking for information on them, to see the pricing, etc. The ones I saw would need to be turned on for each call, and we'd need to learn to do that.
I also saw some disposable detector cards. They last for 90 days, and change color in the presence of CO. Nothing to turn on or off. You can get them for about $3, so replacing them every 3 months would not be expensive. However, they don't have an audible alarm, so we'd need to look at them to notice the color change.
All it would take is one call that comes in as "sick person" and turns out to be "CO poisoning" to make either option worth it. Word is, our dept had such a call not long before we joined. Fortunately, everyone turned out okay, but it easily could have turned out differently. I might just get some of the cheapo disposable ones for myself, and go with that.
For a long time, a new KED, perhaps the K.O.D.E. 2, was on my list of things I want. The old KED we have is in desperate need of replacement, but right now, what I'd like to have even more is a set of good, clear, scientifically valid protocols for spinal immobilization.
I made my original list last year, at EMS Today.
Yep. Still moping that I can't afford to go this year.
Still... maybe I COULD go down for the day, check out the show room, get more ideas for things I want but won't be getting. Tempting. Very tempting, indeed.