Hands On August 2013

Product reviews from street crews



Dominic Silvestro, EMT-P, EMS-I | From the August 2013 Issue | Friday, July 19, 2013


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Hands On August 2013

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Products reviewed in Hands On August 2013 include:

  • IngMar Medical RespiTrainer
  • Medlogic Infrascanner 2000
  • KGS TraumaFX Patient Simulators
  • Team Life CPR App
  • CoolShirt PortiCool 2 System
  • EMS Technology Solutions Operative IQ
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Hands On August 2013

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What’s Happening on the Inside?

We’ve all learned to ventilate patients on many different types of airway heads and manikins. We learn proper hand placement, mask seal, advanced airway techniques, ventilation rates, tidal volume when using a bag-valve mask, etc. These things are all important, but how do you know if you’re properly ventilating the patient? The RespiTrainer (Advanced) from IngMar Medical is an airway trainer that gives you multi-skill ventilation and airway training with graphic feedback on actual delivery rates, tidal volume and peak pressure. Each manual breath delivered can be analyzed and broken down into an exportable breath-by-breath spreadsheet. The manikin also features an anatomically correct head and realistic chest rise for visual feedback.
Dimensions: 32" x 12" x 8"
Weight: 36 lbs.
Price: $5,290.00 (domestic only)

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Where’s the Bleed?

The Infrascanner 2000 from MedLogic LLC takes advantage of the light-absorbing properties of hemoglobin by using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to identify a patient who may have an intracranial bleed. This portable, handheld scanner compares the left and right sides of the brain in four different areas of the head: frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital. The light to and from the laser and detector are optically coupled to the patient’s head through two disposable light guides. The brain’s absorption of the light will be symmetrical when comparing left and right sides in an uninjured brain. If there’s extravascular blood, the greater concentration of hemoglobin will absorb the light, causing less light to return to the device on the side where blood is present. This information shows the user the area where the extravascular blood may be present. This rule in device could be used to identify whether a head injury patient needs immediate transport to a facility capable of performing neurosurgical interventions.
Power Supply: Rechargeable NiMH battery pack or 4 disposable AA batteries
Dimensions: 9.0" x 3.4" x 2.4"
Weight: 14 oz.
Price: Call for pricing

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Cool as a Cucumber

The PortiCool 2 System from Shafer Enterprises LLC is a personal cooling product that can be worn directly on the skin or over a thin shirt and can even be worn under firefighting turnout gear. The PortiCool 2 cooling product is portable and requires no electricity. The unit screws directly into a portable CO2 tank (the type used for pneumatic nailing tools or playing paintball). The liquid CO2 cooling and low-pressure perforated ventilation lines are integrally sewn into cooling channels. It features a moisture-wicking fabric that allows for flexibility and comfort, and it’s the lightest untethered active cooling garment on the market.
Size: Adjustable to fit most sizes
Weight: 1.8 lbs. (system without CO2 tank)
Most common CO2 tanks: 9 oz., 12 oz. & 20 oz.
Price: $799.00

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Realistic Trauma Simulation

The TraumaFX line of manikins from Kforce Government Solutions is a state-of-the-art concept in simulation training. The components are easy to use and provide realistic training that meets the need of both military and civilian emergency response teams. Animatronics, packable wounds that respond to interventions, realistic internal throat for intubation, crepitus to cue for crushed pelvic regions and simulated pulse bleeding showing the effects of tourniquet application are just a few of the features of the TraumaFX line. The products have rugged remote transmitters that display treatment feedback as well as the amount of blood loss. TraumaFX manikins can be purchased individually or as mix-and-match combinations. The line includes the Muliple Amputation Trauma Trainer, Airway Plus Lifecast upper airway trainer, AirwayPlus Lifecast intubation Packable for intubation and packable wound training, Packable Hemostatic Wound Trainer, and the Multiple Amputation Trauma Trainer Abdominal Casualty Expectant for simulation of severe abdominal and amputation injuries including evisceration. All are water resistant, can be hose-washed for easy cleanup and feature durable silicone-based skin that can handle repeated tourniquet applications.
Weight: Upper body simulators range from 66–73 lbs.; lower bodies range from 77–108 lbs.; full body combinations range from 175–185 lbs.
Power: Makita drill batteries
Run Time: 4–6 hours
Price: Call for pricing

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Those of us who teach CPR are dedicated to the idea that the more people we can educate, the better the chance of increasing cardiac arrest survival. One of the problems is that when people leave a CPR class, they tend to forget the information they’ve learned or they’re afraid they won’t be able to remember exactly how to perform the skills when the time comes. The Team Life CPR App from Team Life provides step-by-step instruction right from the rescuer’s smartphone. The information is presented in a quick, clear and easy-to-follow format that can be done in real time at the victim’s side. The app guides the rescuer through cycles of 30 compressions and two breathes with a continuous running clock in the upper right corner of the screen. There’s also information on using an AED and what to do if the victim begins to breathe on their own.
Supported devices: iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android
Price: $1.99

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Logical Logistics

Operative IQ from EMS Technology Solutions LLC is a complete inventory, asset and fleet management system. Released in 2013 to replace the company’s AmbuTrak product, Operative IQ gives your service a system that requires no server and can be accessed from any internet connection. The system has many features, including inventory management, purchasing, asset management, fleet manager and customized reporting. Operative IQ is designed to meet the needs of the EMS industry. Fully electronic check sheets allow you to know what supplies you have and exactly where they are. Accurate ordering is done based on par and reordering levels. You can also manage maintenance records on vehicles, capture repair costs and generate work orders and invoices. Operative IQ will allow for seamless inventory and fleet management and can save your service money.
Technology: Internet-based system
Price: Call for pricing

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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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