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Old 07-02-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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Are there any quality EMT shears?

I'd like to get some EMT shears that are a step or two above the generic stamped metal ones. Leatherman makes a nice quality folding one but I don't want to be screwing around with unfolding and then you have to re-fold them to fit them back in the sheath. I'd like just a nice pair of full sized ones, and they don't need to be able to cut a penny in half either.

Is there such an animal made? Right now the best thing I can come up with is a large pair of bandage scissors, they work well but they just have finger holes and I would like a larger grip so I can shove my hand in there without worrying about getting my fingers stuck when I try to put them down.

Thanks for any suggestions! I don't have an issue with spending money if there is a pair out there worth the price.

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Old 07-02-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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Old 07-02-2015, 07:40 PM   #3
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Thanks Cummins, but those are stamped also, and riveted. I'm looking for something that is hopefully machined and possibly screwed in at the pivot point.

Anyway, here's the kicker- after a bit of searching with nothing turning up, I get this one turning up on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/PhysiciansCare...+trauma+shears

This is pretty much what I am looking for, however I could splash out a bit more if there is something heavier out there.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:02 PM   #4
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This is what I use at work every day...scissors linky.

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Old 07-02-2015, 08:05 PM   #5
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As a nurse, I bought a few pair of mini-trauma shears and they work perfectly while fitting in my shirt pocket. I think I got them for $6 each on Amazon.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:42 PM   #6
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I use these and they work well, last a long time. Will not look for anything else. ED RN.

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Old 07-02-2015, 09:18 PM   #7
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This is what I use at work every day...scissors linky.

Charlie,

Those are what I am using now, my problem with them is they get stuck on my fingers when I am trying to set them down. I know it is a pretty minor thing but when you are in a hurry it makes you look and feel like a klutz to try and shake the scissors off your fingers sometimes when they are perfectly happy to stay there. :)
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Old 07-02-2015, 09:22 PM   #8
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I use these and they work well, last a long time. Will not look for anything else. ED RN.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o08_s00
+1 on the Clauss shears. I liked them so much I'm buying a couple more pairs for the shop.
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Old 07-03-2015, 01:39 AM   #9
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Leatherman scissors

If you like the look of the leatherman ones , I bought a pair and can tell you they do lock in the "unfolded" position and will fit in the hard plastic pouch that comes with them either folded or unfolded , they are pretty good, lots of hand little features too, Ring cutter, glass breaker
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:12 AM   #10
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they don't need to be able to cut a penny in half either.


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But I thought that was the litmus test of all good shears!

+1 on small holes getting stuck on your fingers.

Those leatherman shears look interesting, but yeah...I'd probably have it in shears out position most of the time.
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Old 07-03-2015, 09:40 AM   #11
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I use these and they work well, last a long time. Will not look for anything else. ED RN.

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+1 on the Clauss shears. I liked them so much I'm buying a couple more pairs for the shop.
OK great! I'll order a couple pairs too.

Thanks!

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Old 07-03-2015, 10:19 AM   #12
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Fwiw...

I've used the ones from County Comm with great success working as an EMT. I know you wanted something better but they're pretty nice and very reasonably priced. Might give the titanium bonded ones a try myself.
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Old 07-03-2015, 10:30 AM   #13
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Whatcha plan on cutting? If you want tough with large finger openings get a pair of quality kitchen scissors/shears. Takes a bit of effort but they'll cut through chicken bones.
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Old 07-03-2015, 12:44 PM   #14
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I was thinking a well-made offset kitchen shears would work, but you'd run the risk of stabbing the patient in haste. You could round over the points carefully on an abrasive belt.

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Old 07-03-2015, 02:30 PM   #15
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Those are really good ideas until the lawyers get ahold of them. Our ambulance service (all volunteer) is located where there are more gravelled roads than paved ones, you get tossed around in back most every run. I'm paranoid about stabbing, or most likely simply falling, on someone and however rare it may be don't want to be accused of "negligence" or something if someone got poked with "homemade shears". Even though any old pair of shears would have the same outcome if you landed on someone.

Anyway, the rivers are flooded here and I'm on dialup since the DSL is out, whenever I get my high speed back I'll be ordering some new shears..
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