We also try to take every precaution when dealing with patients, esp when we get the heads up they may have a communicable disease.
Gloves, eye protection, gowns, full face shields, (surgical) masks along with bunker gear are just a few options carried on front line trucks.
I work with another guy who's had to go on the antiretroviral cocktail twice from accidental exposure, pretty harsh concoction not to mention you can not be intimate with your spouse until the tests come back clear while you ponder your future.
I wear safety glass to every call and watch those damned self retracting iv's cause they don't always cover properly. The mask comes out when it's a a serious enough respiratory infection, that one I learnt the hard way and ended up with a not too serious case on pneumonia. It's pretty easy to catch all sorts of crap now a days!
And in my personal opinion, I wear my bunker pants on every call...not my station fatigues. I will swear by this. It is a lot easier to send out bunker pants for cleaning then having your skin exposed to blood, vomit and other infectious diseases that easily seap through a pair of station wear pants and shirts. Also, I'm always using my door wedges, vomit bags, my notepad and pen, small flashlight and extra gloves that I can keep in my bunker pant pockets and have on me at all times.
Just curious if anyone feels the same way about wearing the bunker pants to every medical call as well. I know some departments have different procedures on this when the medical tones go off at the hall...
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