First off, thanks to everyone who left a comment in the last post – at some point once I've had some sleep I'll be looking at al of them.
Many, many moons ago when I was a lot more enthusiastic for the job that I do I wrote a post called 'What's in your pockets' – in it I detailed the things that I carried around with me. I thought that, with four more years of experience it might be interesting to see how things have changed.
Shirt Pocket – Right – Personal phone No1, 3G USB modem, Optrex eyedrops (to keep my eyes working on nightshifts).
Shirt Pocket – Left – Pen, pair of scissors, pentorch that is bright enough to sear flesh, lighter (I don't smoke, but you never know when you need to set something on fire)
Upper Right Trouser Pocket – Car keys, door keys, Swiss army knife, Wallet.
Upper Left Trouser Pocket – iPhone, cloth for cleaning glasses.
Lower Right Trouser Pocket – Gloves, bandage dressing, torch bright enough to burn skin and to play the 'Go towards the light, all your loved ones are waiting for you…' game with sleeping drunks.
Lower Left Trouser Pocket – Normally nothing, occasionally my stethoscope.
Everywhere else – Nothing, I don't put anything in my back pockets and as I don't wear my stab vest (except when it's very cold) there is nothing there either. I no longer have anything hanging from my belt as it would only dig into my overflowing gut.
Amongst the other things that missing which I used to carry are my service provided emergency phone (I used it once, it'd would have been quicker to dial 999 on my own phone), the drug cheat sheet (I rarely need to give drugs as I rarely go to anyone who needs them, for those patients who do need drugs I've memorised the information).
I no longer have a security card for the Royal London hospital, as it was stolen along with my car and has never been replaced (despite my hassling people), I don't need a key to the oxygen cylinders because they have changed the tops of them to be openable by hand (a change for the better).
I don't need a Pocket PC as I have an iPhone and in my personal bag I have a netbook computer (which is what the 3G modem is for should I ever get the chance to use it) it is also for this reason I no longer have a paper diary. And I no longer carry mints because I rarely eat a kebab any more.
I also don't carry as many gloves because I seldom wear them, I can often get through a whole shift without needing to touch a patient any further than I need to to take a pulse.
So I've slimmed down the stuff that I carry by quite a bit, although I seem to have picked up another phone somehow…
So, your turn now – tell me what is in your pockets when you go to work.