Hands On February 2013
Product reviews from street crews
Realistic Intraosseous Training
Obtaining intraosseous (IO) access on adult patients in the field has become a standard of care and appears in most EMS protocols. This procedure can be life-saving yet daunting. Proper understanding of the correct landmarks and insertion techniques will instill confidence in your students and crew members when they need to gain IO access in a patient. The Intraosseous Leg Adult STAT Simulator from Simulaids Inc. is a realistic, full size, lower adult leg simulation device. It can be used to enhance training and understanding of procedures associated with Bone Injector Gun (BIG) and EZ-IO devices. Replaceable knee skins and IO bone puncture sites are also available.
Skin tones: Caucasian and African-American
Weight: 8 lbs.
Price: IO leg, $220.00;
bone inserts (10 pack), $84.60; leg skins (10 pack), $102.00
Neutralize Harmful Pathogens
Protecting yourself from viruses can be difficult in the back of an ambulance. Traditional face masks provide some protection, but they basically act as a filter only, doing nothing to eliminate pathogens that are on the mask itself. The BioMask by Medline Industries Inc. is the first-ever U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared antiviral medical face mask. BioMask employs proprietary Ionixx technology that not only filters pathogens, but also inactivates pathogens left on the mask. The hydrophilic outside coating absorbs droplets into and away from the outer surface. Viruses are inactivated on this outer, white, active layer by exposure to citric acid which creates a low pH environment. The droplets then land on the mask’s inner, blue, active layer—where influenza viruses are inactivated by positively charged copper and zinc ions. In laboratory tests, 99.99% of the viruses tested were eliminated. These included pandemic and seasonal strains of influenza viruses, such as H1N1, bird flu and swine flu, that land on or reside on both the outer or inner surfaces of the mask.
Secure Narcotics Storage
The M2 Narcotics Cabinet by Medixsafe gives emergency services the ability to keep Schedule II and other drugs secure. With the M2 Cabinet, services can set how and when users can access the drugs stored inside. It also gives them the ability to know who opened or attempted to open the cabinet. The M2 features an electronic security system that allows access using three different options: password, proximity card and electronic fingerprint recognition. Using the downloadable software, administrators can add users, place them in groups, and establish times of access as well as times of access restriction. The administrator can also set which of the access options will be used by each user or group of users. As an example, Group 1 could be assigned access using only their fingerprint to access the cabinet, Group 2 could be assigned to use their fingerprint and personal password on the keypad, and Group 3 could be assigned access using their fingerprint and proximity card. It can also be set to require more than one person to open the cabinet. Every access attempt is saved and can be downloaded to a PC ensuring security and accountability in emergency drug access as well as providing an access audit trail.
Organization with Easy Clean Up
Not being able to find something in your jump bag when treating a critically ill or injured patient the last thing you need. The Omni Pro ICB Infection Control BLS/ALS Total System bag from MERET provides an organized solution for all the equipment and supplies needed on scene. The internal compartments can be configured in a number of ways so users can customize where supplies are stored. Overlapping panels secure internal contents and provide access to additional TS-Ready DEEP STUFF Pockets and STICKIT STRIPS. The outside pockets allow for additional quick access storage. The bag is made from a durable, waterproof, wipe-clean black tarpaulin that makes for easy cleaning and removal of blood borne pathogens. The bag can be carried suitcase style, as a shoulder bag, or by using the newly redesigned hideaway, mountaineer-style backpack harness. The backpack keeps the bag close to your body and features a fully padded lumbar support. An oxygen conversion kit is also available that allow you to carry a Jumbo-D O2 cylinder that can be accessed while the bag is closed.
Powerful Little Light
At only 5.4", the ProTac HL flashlight from Streamlight Inc. emits 600 lumens of light with 253 meters of beam distance making it the brightest addition to the ProTac Series. This brightness is achieved through the use of C4 LED technology that is impervious to shock and has a 50,000-hour life. Made from 6000 series machined aircraft aluminum, it’s durable and waterproof at 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. You can choose from three light output programs (high, strobe and low), and the multi-function push button tail switch allows for one-handed operation. The anti-roll head keeps the flashlight from rolling away when you set it down. A removable pocket clip and nylon holster is also included.
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