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Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P | From the February 2011 Issue | Tuesday, February 1, 2011


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Hands On February 2011

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5.11 Chameleon Softshell Jacket

There are many times when your heavy-duty, blizzard-fighting jacket with its North Pole expedition-quality liner is just a little too much for a windy spring day, cool fall drizzle or a summer cold front. The new Chameleon Softshell Jacket from 5.11 Tactical is wind- and water-repellant. It features a lightweight mesh liner and drop tail, perfect for keeping you warm and dry when the weather is less than perfect. Three pullout ID panels allow you to wear this jacket either on-duty or off. And two large hand-warmer pockets accompany a number of inner pockets for ample storage. VITALS
Colors: Black, blue and green
Size: X-Small–3XL
Price: $109

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Simulaid X-Treme Trauma Wound Kit

Patient simulation has been a part of EMS since its beginning. I’ll bet even Dr. Dominique Jean Larrey practiced bandaging and battlefield wound care before the Battle of Waterloo. But as the EMS profession has improved over time, so too has our ability to simulate wounds through moulage. The new X-Treme Trauma Wound Kit from Simulaids takes moulage to a whole new level. The kit contains 12 life-like wounds and all the accessories you need for preparing your victims for training. Wounds can be used on manikins or humans. (Be sure to follow manufacturer’s recommendations for manikin use.) Many of the wounds can be made to bleed but can be easily cleaned for reuse. Wounds include face, lower arm, chest, eye, hand, leg and ankle. VITALS
Total Items: 27
Prosthetics: 12
Price: $1,160

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Southwest Synergistic Solution Emergency Triage Light

Triage Traffic Light Red, yellow and green are colors civilians would equate to traffic lights. But our twisted EMS minds think triage. During a nighttime mass casualty incident (MCI), EMTs and paramedics use colored reflectors, chemical light sticks, ribbons and tags to identify patients who’ve been triaged. How easy would it be if we could get a controllable traffic light for each patient on a nighttime MCI? The new Emergency Triage Light from Southwest Synergistic Solutions allows you to carry a light for each patient and simply click a switch to set their triage status. These rugged, silicone-encased LEDs can be selected as red, yellow, green or blue (deceased) at the click of a switch. You can also select a mode to have a color blink or burn steady to differentiate patients in need of high-priority care or decontamination. A military version with an infrared LED is also available. Who says MCIs can’t go high-tech?

Dimensions: 3" x 1.2"
Weight: 1.25 oz. LED
Colors: Red, yellow, green, blue and infrared
Run Time: 72–240 hours
Price: $34.95 each

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RapiTube RSI

The key to successful rapid sequence intubation is preparation. Regardless of the specific pharmacology or procedure your department uses, providersd must prepare a number of drugs before inducing paralysis and passing the endotracheal tube (ETT). Many of these drugs use weight-based doses, and if math isn’t your strong suit, these calculations may delay care. The new smartphone RapiTube RSI App will help you recall the proper dosage with just a few clicks. Simply start the app and select the patient weight, then the display will show the correct ETT and Laryngeal Mask Airway size, as well as proper doses for Vecuronium, Atropine, Lidocaine, Etomidate, Midazolam, Propofol, Succinylcholine and Rocuronium for pretreatment, induction, intubation and maintenance.
Version: 1.0 Size: 0.2 MB
Price: $2.99

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Rapid Response Solutions Rhythm of Life CPR Timer

High-quality CPR is the key to improving your department’s cardiac arrest survival-to-discharge rate. But how do you ensure high-quality compressions while treating your patient? The new Rhythm of Life CPR Timer from Rapid Response Solutions allows you to set a multi-tone metronome to keep the pace on compressions, ventilations and compressor switches. It includes the following variables: one or two rescuers; an adult, child or infant patient; and basic or advanced airway. You simply turn on the Rhythm of Life CPR Timer, make your selection and press “start” to get down to saving lives.

Power: 4 AAA batteries
Dimensions: 5" x 2" x 3/4"
Weight: 4 oz.
Price: $99.95

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Seidio Innocase Rugged Holster Combo

Rugged Phone Protection EMS working conditions are tough on equipment, putting durability to the test. Cell phones that are carried by EMS providers while on the job are no exception, and they often fall prey to frequent drops, kicks, dunks and other damages. The Innocase Rugged Holster Combo from Seidio offers a double-layer of protection around your cell phone that can greatly improve resilience in the face of EMS job demands. The inner layer is a thin, hard shell of clear, protective coverings over the screen and keyboard that prevents scratches. The outer layer is a thick, silicone, removable skin that safeguards against rugged conditions and can easily be applied over the inner shell while on duty. The Innocase Rugged Holster Combo also comes with a heavy-duty holster that features an over-sized belt clip and locking mechanism to hold the phone securely in place. —Charles Synder, AS, NREMT-P VITALS
Supported Models: iPhone, Blackberry, Dell, HTC, LG, Motorola, Palm and Samsung
Price: $69.95 (for the combo pack)

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Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-PFran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P, is 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 20 years' EMS experience. Contact him at


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