Basic first aid teaches us that before immobilizing a joint, we need to secure the bones above and below. The new X-Collar from Rizo-Patron Enterprises is designed to immobilize the cervical spine by contracting and anchoring the collar to the occipital and facial bones of the skull, and to the torso at the level of the clavicle and scapula. Deriving its name from the two Velcro∆ straps that cross under the chin to prevent rotation, this collar offers more than 24 levels of adjustment that can be fitted to a patient in their Ïposition of comfort,Ó even if thereÌs significant lateral rotation. As with any new device, orientation and practice is necessary, but once you use it, the X-Collar is sure to impress.
Weight: 4 oz.
805/637-6492Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P, coordinates the monthly Hands On column in JEMS. HeÌs the administrative director of the Paramedic Training Institute at Crozer Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, Pa., and an adjunct faculty member at Delaware County Community College with more than 19 yearsÌ EMS experience. Contact him firstname.lastname@example.org.