Hands On January 2014
New Concept in Hemorrhage Control
No matter how hard you try, hemorrhage control in some wounds seems nearly impossible. The iTClamp from iTraumaCare is a new, innovative product that will change the way we think about hemorrhage control. The iTClamp controls bleeding in seconds. The concept is simple: By sealing the wound closed, the iTClamp creates a pool of blood beneath the skin allowing a stable clot to form, temporarily stopping the bleeding until the injury can be surgically repaired. The iTClamp’s pressure bars close tight and stay in place using eight suture needles—four on each side—that pierce into the skin. The iTClamp is constructed from medical grade polycarbonate and 304 stainless steel. With hemorrhage being the leading cause of preventable death in trauma, the iTClamp is a great addition to any trauma kit. It comes in a sterile clamshell-style case for easy storage and can be deployed in seconds. Read a special advertorial supplement on this new hemorrhage control device at www.jems.com/itclamp.
Weight: 1.1 oz.
Dimensions: 2.24" x
1.98" x 1.13"
Safely Move Extra-Large Patients
Moving any patient down a flight of stairs can be challenging. Moving a bariatric or extra-large patient down a flight of stairs is not only challenging, but there are safety concerns for the patient and the rescuers. It can also cause anxiety for the patient. The BEAR Stair Chair by BEAR-iatrics Inc. attaches to any conventional stair chair frame and becomes part of the chair. Once the patient is seated, the device is buckled around the patient. The lower portion wraps around the thighs and hips and the upper section wraps around the abdominal mass. The otherwise uncontrollable abdominal mass is now centered over the chair and stabilized, eliminating any side-to-side shifting. The patient feels safe and secure and there’s less risk of lifting injuries due to shifting weight.
Color: Green with red, blue, yellow and green straps
Realistic Hemorrhage Training
Simulation training has come a long way in recent years. The more realistic the training, the better prepared the student will be to handle a tough situation when they’re confronted with it in the field. Severe hemorrhage control is very stressful. When teaching hemorrhage control we tell the student about direct pressure, tourniquets and clotting products, but until now we haven’t been able to practically show them how to know if their treatment choice is working nor what they should expect to see when the patient’s blood begins to clot. TrueClot Hemorrhage Simulation Blood Simulant from Luna Inc. is a blood simulation product that initiates a clotting reaction when used with Luna’s simulated hemostatic gauze in both direct-pressure and wound-packing scenarios. The blood simulant is non-biologic, easy to clean, and flows realistically though large or small diameter tubing. Its viscosity and color are similar to that of human blood.
Volume: 500 mL (sample kit, also includes TrueClot Simulated Hemostatic gauze & 60 mL cleaning solution); 1/2 gallon, 1 gallon
Price: $25.00 (sample kit); $30.00 (1/2 gallon); $50.00 (1 gallon)
What Goes Down Can Now Go Up
Ferno has taken the stair tracking evacuation chair to a new level, literally. The EZ Glide Stair Chair with PowerTraxx not only makes it easy to go down stairs with loads up to 500 lbs. without lifting or carrying, the new PowerTraxx option allows you to safely glide up stairs also. This power option helps reduce the risk of injury and makes getting a patient up a flight of stairs easier than ever. The system used a lithium-ion rechargeable battery with battery meter. It features easy to use wireless paddle style controls, direct drive transmission and an electronic brake. The chair can run 20 flights of stair per charge and has a durable all metal frame construction.
Folded depth: 10"
Weight: 56.6 lbs. (with battery)
Power: 28V lithium ion
Price: Call for pricing
Easy-to-Handle Triage Pack
Continuous Detection of ECG Changes
The VectraplexECG Rugged System from VectraCor is unique in that it provides continuous, non-invasive real-time detection of ECG changes suggestive of an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The system is housed in a heavy duty, military-tested laptop computer and allows the user to obtain a 15-lead derived ECG with only five electrodes (V2 plus the four limb leads). It does this by quantifying the cardiac electrical field to detect ECG changes suggestive of an AMI and assigning a number that is displayed on the screen. It then continuously analyzes these data points, displaying them in real time to give you the ability to see changes as they happen without having to run additional ECGs. The system has built-in alarms to let the user know that the patient may be developing an AMI. If this occurs the user can then apply the additional five electrodes for a standard 12-lead-monitored ECG. VITALS Price: Call for pricing www.vectracor.com 973-904-0444
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