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12-Lead Review
EMS has progressed beyond relying on the emergency department (ED) physician to interpret the ECG we transmitted via radio. The latest 12-lead monitors now send PDF files to the ED physician, cardiologist and the entire cath lab team at the same time via smart phones. However, we still need to accurately decipher those squiggly lines to find the “j” point and identify the ST-elevation myocardial infarction. EMS STAT 12-Lead from STAT Medical Education is a training tool that can also be used in the clinical setting if your 12-lead interpretation skills need refinement. You simply insert the 12-lead printout from any EMS monitor and align the aVL lead with the marks on the transparency provided. Once you identify the leads with ST-elevation, you can localize the infarction to a specific area of the myocardium and implement treatment plans as appropriate.
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Sizes: Two
Languages: English and Spanish
Price: $34.95
www.statmedicaleducation.com
602/549-6142

Heads Up
There are a few “musts” that EMS workers should have at all times. A good battery-powered light is high on the list. Although many providers carry a hand light, what happens when you don your personal protective equipment, or you need to use both hands while working on scene? A helmet light is great, and until now, most of the helmet lights used in EMS were added to hard hats or helmets after the product’s release. The new TrakLite from Bullard provides a built-in light source that’s bright, easy to activate and well balanced on your head. It meets NFPA 1971 requirements and is available on the Bullard models listed to the left. The TrakLite is low profile, so it’s not as prone to catching on hanging wires, branches or other objects. The power switch is easy to locate on the rear power pack and has been designed for the large, gloved hand. A quick quarter turn has you lighting up the scene in no time.
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LEDs: 8
Power: 4 AAA batteries
Runtime: Six hours
Rear Indicator Color: Blue
Models Available: UST6, FX, PX and LT
Price: Call for pricing
www.bullard.com
800/227-0423

From M*A*S*H to DRASH
Many providers were first exposed to emergency medicine through the television show M*A*S*H. We enjoyed all the antics and wondered when the next “bug out” would send the crew of the 4077th packing the surgical tents onto trucks and moving to a new location. With the realities of terrorism and natural disasters in the past decade, hospitals have been looking at similar mobile deployment options to provide surge continuity of operations during disasters. The new DRASH (deployable rapid assembly shelter) from Reeves provides a number of options for field configuration. Each DRASH can be deployed or taken down in minutes without special power or air equipment. The open floor plan is unimpeded by center posts, and each DRASH features integrated doors, screen windows and utility ports, as well as a ground tarp, fabric floor, transport-style duffel bag, repair kit, push poles, wind lines and a steel pin stake set.
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Configurations: Nine
Usable Area: 1,285 sq. ft.
Weight: 1,910 lbs.
Price: Call for pricing
www.reevesems.com
800/328-5563

Easy AED Storage
It seems to me that whenever the general public has a question about AEDs, they ask someone in EMS. Am I alone in this thought? I often hear, “Which AED should we buy, and how should we mount it?” The new HeartCase Extreme Environment from HeartStation is an AED case that can be easily installed on a wall, and it’s shaped like the heart it’s designed to save. Made from heavy-gauge, injection-molded plastic, the HeartCase Extreme Environment is durable. The case protects against moisture penetration and doesn’t have any sharp edges. It also has an extremely long service life.
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Weight: 2 lbs.
Color: Red
Accommodates: Philips, Physio-Control, HeartSine (in soft case) and Welch Allyn (no case)
Price: $289
www.heartstation.com
800/818-2939

Life-Saving Application
There’s no longer a need for reading material in waiting rooms because everyone is reading something on their iPhone or using some kind of application. For your family and friends who are tech savvy but aren’t professional medical providers, the new Pocket First Aid & CPR iPhone App from the American Heart Association offers a handy review of common first aid procedures, and allows you to keep medical information close at hand. A number of high-quality videos show how to respond to critical first-aid situations, including choking, cardiac arrest, seizures, cuts and wounds.
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Current Version: 3.1.0
Memory: 80.5 MB
Language: English
Requirements: iPhone OS 3.0 or later, iPod touch and iPad.
Price: $3.99
http://jive.me/firstaid
800/AHA-USA1

SOF Tourniquet Version 2.0
Explosions from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan have led providers to try a variety of techniques to treat the wounds caused by these blasts. The latest device for use in the field is the second-generation SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT) from Tactical Medical Solutions. The tourniquet handle is constructed from a solid piece of aircraft aluminum, which maintains its strength in extreme temperatures—and nothing feels more durable than solid metal. The improved, second generation SOFTT features a 1.5"-wide tensioning band that provides uniform pressure to the extremity. This tourniquet is operational even when wet, soiled, muddy or frozen. The SOFTT also has a safety set screw and dual locking rings to provide extra security when moving a patient in the tactical environment.
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Colors: Black, tan and orange
Case Colors: Black, tan and OD green
Price: $33.50
www.tacmedsolutions.com
888/822-6331

Mobile Printer
How many times have you been on scene when the ability to print out a document would be handy? For example, the other crew “borrowed” the last refusal form in your clipboard, or the material safety data sheet provided on scene is a copy of a copy that’s impossible to read. The new Brother Pocket Jet 3 Plus is a lightweight, reliable way to add a printer to the mobile computers found in many ambulances. Designed to handle roll, sheet or fan-folded thermal paper, the Pocket Jet 3 Plus doesn’t use ink cartridges and has very few moving parts, which makes it ideal for mobile use.
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Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Dimensions: 10.04" x 2.17" x 1.18"
Battery: NiMH (rechargeable)
Output: Three pages/min, 100 pages/battery charge
Resolution: 300 dpi
Connectivity: IrDA, USB 1.1 and optional Bluetooth
Price: $449 ($529 with Bluetooth)
www.brother-usa.com
800/543-6144



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