Medical professionals never know what they’ll face when they go to work and they often carry their medical gear with them so that they’re always prepared to take care of their patients, whether its basic items such as a stethoscope, oximeter and notebook or more practical field items such as syringes, medicine, splints, bandages and more.
Because of this these medical specialists often carry bags or backpacks with them that have all of the essential medical items they need to be productive at their work.
Each of these bags has its own pros and cons and can vary greatly in price depending on the usage case, however a good medical bag is a vital component for being effective as a medical professional.
The duffle bag or duffel bag is a commonly used bag by medical professionals because it has a large main compartment and the ability to carry lot’s of medical equipment and items.
Duffle bags are often used in positions that are outside of a hospital or healthcare center where a variety of medical supplies may be needed to take care of a patient.
This can include working as a paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical technician, first responder, flight nurse etc…
Duffle bags tend to be the largest bags of the bunch and are able to supply and compartmentalize more medical supplies than the other types of bags.
These bags are often made out of treated, waterproof materials such as polyester, cloth or a durable fabric that can put up with a lot of abuse and survive in harsh environments.
In addition to carrying lot’s of medical gear and being durable duffle bags are also easy to carry and deploy in case of an emergency as they can be quickly thrown over the shoulder or carried via handle strap and placed down beside an individual when needed.
Some duffel bags may be custom order or fully stocked with medical supplies and first aid items that otherwise could cost the individual or company more money if they had to purchase the supplies separately.
In situations where a fully stocked duffel bag is purchased and some of the supplies don’t meet the medical professionals standards they may choose to swap out certain supplies that they’ll replace with their own items such as stethoscopes, dressing scissors and other commonly used items that most healthcare professionals tend to carry on them.
Smaller basic duffle bags may also be used by healthcare specialists such as nurses, doctors and practitioners, however these duffle bags tend to be closer related to standard duffle bags that hold personal medical items, writing utensils and even lunch rather than being packed full of medical supplies that would be used outside of a healthcare center.
Tote bags are commonly used medical professionals who work in healthcare centers such as hospitals, healthcare centers and walk in clinics.
Tote bags are often much smaller than duffel bags and make great carrying bags for personal medical items such as stethoscopes, notebooks, PDA, pocket medical guides, writing utensils and snacks.
Since these medical professionals can obtain most (if not all) of their medical supplies at the office or healthcare center they do not need to carry additional medical items in their bags and can choose to go with a smaller duffel bag or tote for their own medical items.
In fact some nurses or doctors may choose to go with a regular tote bag or designer tote bag to carry their stuff around, which is perfectly fine as long as it has enough space to hold all of their items.
In these cases pretty much any bag will do as long as it fits within the hospital or healthcare centers guidelines.
The best tote bags will offer decent storage space and multiple compartments for carrying and organizing various items.
They may also offer various carrying methods such as a shoulder strap or handles and can be made out of various materials such as cotton canvas, polyester or another fabric material that is fairly durable and able to withstand regularly daily use.
Messenger bags are generally smaller than duffle bags and tote bags, and may be used by doctors, nurses, educators and medical students who do not need much compartment space or storage for their day to day work.
Most messenger bags are designed to carry a few handheld items, maybe a book or two and generally a laptop.
These bags are excellent for students and healthcare specialists that want something lightweight and ultra portable.
Messenger bags are often carried via shoulder strap or handles and are made out of lightweight polyester or fabric materials.
Being able to quickly throw the bag over their shoulder and keep it by their side makes accessing the bag convenient as it does not need to be taken off the shoulder to gain access to.
While these bags are super convenient for medical professionals that don’t need to carry additional medical gear they may be extremely limited for those who need a dedicated medical bag for on the scene medical care where little or no additional medical supplies are available.
Backpacks are often used by medical students, military medical staff and nurses who do not want a tote or duffel bag, or prefer the convenience of having a bag that can be mounted on the back, leaving their hands free for other responsibilities.
Dedicated medical backpacks may be used by the military and are specifically designed with a medical purpose in mind.
These bags are often ultra rugged, large and packed full of medical gear with a secure back fit that allows them to use both hands and navigate the environment freely.
While these bags allow military personnel to use both hands the often large size and heavy weight can have a great affect on their mobility.
School or standard backpacks are very different from those used in the military as they are not designed specifically for medical purposes.
In fact they are often regular backpacks that are designed to carry books or rugged outdoor backpacks used to carry outdoor equipment.
These bags are often used by medical students and nurses who want to keep their hands free and/or don’t like the look or utility of the other bags in this list.
Backpacks can be a great alternative to the other bags mentioned in this post and may be larger than messenger bags, which means there is more space to carry needed items.
On the flip side backpacks are not as quickly accessible as the other bags because they need to be taken off of the back before they can be used and they may also be more vulnerable as they are warn on the back.
At the end of the day finding the right bag for your needs will be based on your individual situation.
The best bag is the one that is the most utilitarian for the medical professionals work requirements and job function.
The bag should be rugged, convenient, able to store and organize all of the medical items you need to get the job down and comfortable to wear when moving around.