What is in my doctors coat pockets?
The doctor’s overall and the functional wear of physicians have many pockets in general.
Naturally, all available pockets are stuffed to the maximum.
What is inside the numerous pockets?
The lab coat itself comprises three pockets. Two big ones, one on the left and one on the right hand side and a smaller one on the upper part of the coat.
The smaller, top pocket is used to carry pens, my name tag and eventually brief notes. Furthermore, there is a lamp in this pocket, for inspecting the throat and pupils (or whatever else you might want to get a closer look of).
What do you need so many pens for? I carry: 1 red pen, 1 waterproof black pen, 1 black/blue ball pen (that I actually use for writing), 1 ball pen that I can give to patients if I need them to provide a signature.
Pocket on the Bottom Right:
Here, the occupation list, which lists all patients of the respective station, is stored. It also has some additional space for notes.
1 booklet with useful information on the clinic routine.
1 booklet for my notes, primarily for tasks that I have to complete.
1 key for all the rooms in the clinic.
Pocket on the Bottom Left:
1 tourniquet – a tube, that is wrapped around the arm to stop the venous backflow towards the heart, so that the veins are more tightly filled and blood withdrawal becomes easier.
1 stethoscope – for body inspections.
The kasak (the shirt) which is worn underneath the lab coat has three pockets, too.
Some people stuff these pockets as well. Mine are rather empty. In the top one, there is some change for lunch and on the bottom left is my cell phone. That’s it.
However, I was just recently reminded by the Hygiene department that private utensils and money should not be carried in work clothes. So, the phone and the money will now have to reside outside of the lab coat pockets. (:
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