The cost of a medical bag can vary greatly depending on the bags primary function, utility, features and materials.
For example a fully stocked medical bag that is packed with medical supplies, first aid items and survival equipment can easily run you over $300.
These types of bags may be used by first responders, paramedics, flight nurses, firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS) or emergency medical technicians (EMT) and other emergency teams that work out in the field and respond to emergency calls.
On the low end of the price range you’ll find basic medical bags that do not contain any medical equipment or emergency gear when they are purchased and the size and/or durability may also be reduced due to the lowered cost.
When it comes to these bags medical professionals have to purchase all of their own medical equipment separately based on their personal needs and what they are likely to face in their day to day work.
The least expensive medical bags can be purchased for as little as $20 and are used for carrying basic medical items such as stethoscopes, gauze, splints, antibiotics, face masks and other standard equipment.
These bags are a great option when a medical professional already has all of the equipment they need, when they aren’t happy with the stock equipment sold in a fully stocked bag or when the cost of buying several pieces of equipment is less than purchasing a fully stocked bag.
On the flip side if a medical professional needs to purchase a significant number of medical items it may be cheaper to buy a fully stocked bag rather than purchase an inexpensive bag and run the bill up with tons of necessary medical equipment.
The cost and utility of a medical bag will depend largely on the use case and what equipment is needed for the situation and not all medical bags resemble those used in the field.
Nurses, practitioners and doctors who work at a hospital or clinic may choose to use a completely different type of medical bag that’s lightweight, but just as useful for their needs.
These bags may look and act like a standards carrying bag, tote or messenger bag with the exception that they have been designed to carry the medical professionals everyday personal medical items.
Since these medical professionals are working at a facility and not out in the field or outside of their healthcare center they don’t have to carry nearly as much equipment and may use the bag primarily for personal medical items such as an owned stethoscope, dressing scissors, basic medical items, PDA, notebooks, writing utensils and lunch.
Professional bags in this category can range from $20 – $100 for the most part, however many of them can be purchased for under $60.
These types of bags are the often regular bags that are large enough and durable enough to carry around all of the medical items they need to keep handy, which only requires a limited amount of space.
Furthermore many of these bags are great to use both inside and outside of work and provide the nurse with a bit more of a trendy look than those found with dedicated medical bags.
If you choose to go with a trendier bag than it might be a good idea to purchase additional organizers and storage bags so that you can organize your bag and remove the items you don’t need during certain days.
Organizers are also great because they’ll allow you to easily and quickly remove your medical items so you can carry your own personal items and use the bag outside of the workplace on your days off.
Lastly, some nurses or medical professionals (especially students) may choose to go with a backpack, school bag or travel bag that they can use to house all of their school items and medical books.
These bags are often durable enough to carry everything the individual needs and has the added flexibility to be worn on the back or wheeled from place to place making it an ideal bag for those who can’t use or don’t like traditional medical bags, totes and messenger bags.
A decent backpack will typically run a medical professional between $30 – $100 with many landing in the mid range price point.
Choosing a backpack that has decent compartment space, is made of durable material and has comfortable straps can go a long way towards making carrying your equipment feel like a convenience rather than a chore.
In the end the price of a medical bag varies widely depending on its utility, supplied medical equipment, material and use case, and choosing a medical bag will often depend on what its ultimate purpose will be.
The perfect medical bag will be comfortable/easy to carry, sturdy, spacious, packed with the right equipment and fit the needs of the situation better than any other type of bag.
And for that a good medical bag may be well worth the price given all of the benefits and potentially life saving features it may have.