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Hands On March 2013

Product reviews from street crews



Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I | From the March 2013 Issue | Tuesday, March 26, 2013


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Hands On March 2013

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Products reviewed in Hands On March 2013 include:

  • Spiracle Technology/Ferno Multi-Manager O2 administrator;
  • Leatherman Raptor medical shears;
  • Limmer Creative ACLS & PALS review apps;
  • KEYBO Medical Medical glove warmers; and
  • EZ LIFT Rescue Systems backboard.

Please see the gallery for complete product information and reviews.

Hands On March 2013

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O2 for Mass Casualty Incidents

Here is a quick math problem. How many additional ambulances do you need to provide emergency oxygen to eight patients? Now how many ambulances do you need to provide emergency oxygen to 16 patients? If you have the Multi-Manager O2 Administrator from Spiracle Technology/Ferno, the answer to this math problem is one ambulance. The Multi-Manager O2 Administrator has eight flow-control valves that are manifolded together. The manifold is mounted to a collapsible aluminum alloy tripod. Two Multi-Managers can be connected in a series allowing you to provide oxygen to 16 patients. Independent flow settings are: OFF, ¼, ½, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15 and 25 LPM. A dust case is included. VITALS
Dimensions when setup: 10.5" H x 18" L x 7" W
Dimensions when stored: 2.75" H x 18" L x 6" W
Weight: 6 lbs.
Price: $1,145

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Not Your Typical Multi-Tools

The Raptor Medical Shears are the latest in a long line of multi-tools from Leatherman. Developed over an 18-month period, the Leatherman team worked closely with special operations medics as well a fire/EMT professional. The Raptor Medical Shears are the result of these collaborations. The 420HC stainless-steel medic shear also includes an oxygen wrench, strap cutter, a carbide tip glass breaker and a ring cutter. All of the extra features on the shears can be used with the tool open or closed. The handles are made from glass-filled nylon that provides a secure grip and comfort in hot or cold weather conditions. The sheath allows you to store the shears in the open or closed position and rotates for your comfort. A removable pocket clip and lanyard attachment provides additional non-sheathed carry options. VITALS
Color: Black handle
with stainless shears
Weight: 5.8 oz.
Size: Shear length 1.9", closed length 5"
Price: $70

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ACLS? PALS? There Are Apps for That

There’s nothing worse than test anxiety. Over years of teaching ACLS and PALS courses, I have seen everything from students’ hands shaking to breaking out in hives on test day. The ACLS and PALS Review Apps from Limmer Creative give you high-quality, realistic practice examinations to help you prepare for your ACLS and PALS tests. These apps are easy to use and are based on the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines. There are four, 25 question exams that include scenario-based questions just like the questions you will see on your ACLS or PALS test. After submitting your answer to each question, you are immediately told whether your answer is correct, and a detailed rationale is given for that answer to help you to improve and gain confidence in your ACLS and PALS knowledge. There are also integrated ECG strips to help you with your interpretation skills. The apps run on Apple iOS and Android based products. VITALS
Operating system:
Apple iOS, Android
Web version:
Price: $3.99 each

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Reduce Back Injuries

Lifting with proper technique is an important factor in reducing and/or preventing back injuries. Unfortunately, lifting a patient who is on a backboard from the ground to your stretcher causes excessive torque on lower back muscles and knees. The EZ LIFT Rescue System from EZ LIFT Rescue Systems reinvents the traditional backboard. Designed with extendable handles, the EZ LIFT Rescue System allows crew members to lift from a safe position at or above the knees. The handles can be used for two, three or four person carries. The system comes ready to use right out of the box and is rated for up to 1,000 lbs. The EZ LIFT Head Bed lives on the board and is a comfortable and effective way to immobilize a patients head during transport. Head Bed replacements are sold separately or with the disposable adhesive head straps. VITALS
Color: Blue
Dimensions: 72" L x 18" W x 2.75" H
Weight: 22 lbs.
Price: $1,249

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Keep Your Hand Warm

If you have worked an emergency run in extremely cold temperatures you quickly realize that your medical gloves provide you with no protection from the elements. The gloves even seem to attract the cold to your hand and make it difficult to perform your job. Medical Glove Warmers from KEYBO Medical are ultra-thin liners that are thin enough to wear under your medical gloves. Made from 100% nylon, the glove warmers seamless knit allows for the stretch necessary for a close comfortable fit under your medical gloves. The middle and index fingers are open at the tip. This allows for the sensitivity you need when taking a pulse on your patient. VITALS
Color: White
Sizes: Medium (8", with green cuffs),
large (9", with yellow cuffs) & XL (10", with brown cuffs)
Price: $1.69 per pair

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Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I

Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I, is a firefighter/paramedic for the Richmond Heights (Ohio) Fire Department. He is also an EMS coordinator and EMS educator for the University Hospitals EMS Training and Disaster Preparedness Institute and an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College. He can be reached at d.silvestro@jems.com.


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