Hands On July 2013
Product reviews from street crews
Patients have different facial features, and getting a good leak-free seal when using a traditional bag valve mask can be very challenging. The NuMask IOM (IntraOral Mask) from NuMask Inc. takes issues like facial hair, obesity and facial trauma completely out of the picture. This mask is different in that it works intraorally: It sits behind the lips and in front of the teeth like a snorkel. This allows a leak-free seal and better control. The NuMask is one-tenth the size of traditional masks, latex free and ideal for use with patients with facial trauma. NuMask also comes with a patented oralpharyngeal airway (OPA) that’s made from a firm and pliable compound. This OPA can be cut to size allowing the option to carry only one when space is limited. NuMask also offers a Pocket CPR IOM Kit with a one-way valve and filter for mouth-to-mask ventilation.
Transparency is Always Good
In many cases, once you’ve placed a cervical collar on your patient you no longer have the ability to visualize any injuries or changes in condition because the collar covers most, if not all, of the neck. The ClearCollar Adjustable Collar from Clear Advantage Collar Inc. is the world’s first fully transparent cervical immobilization extrication collar. The transparency of this collar allows you to monitor injuries and detect tracheal deviation, jugular venous distention or the development of hematomas. There are large openings both anterior and posterior for easy access and palpation. The collar is infinitely adjustable with multiple settings allowing for a custom fit on every patient, and it’s flexibility and cushioning make it extremely comfortable for the patient.
Size: Adult and pediatric
Flexibility tests: Works optimally from 150°F to as low as -20°F
Material: Latex free
Price: Call for pricing
Working a Big Incident & Nowhere to ‘Go’
We’ve all been there at least once. You’re on the scene of an emergency that’s now become an ordeal that’s going to last several hours when, suddenly, nature calls. There are no facilities, and leaving the scene isn’t an option. The PQ2000 Field Lavatory System from Brief Relief Personal Lavatory Systems is a complete portable lavatory system that sets up in minutes. This system comes in two compact units that will easily store in a vehicle compartment. The system includes a privacy tent and one Porta Quick Medium Pack that includes a commode, seat, 20 disposable urinal bags and 10 Disposa-John Solid Waste Bags. The bags are trash container safe and meet state, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provincial disposal requirements.
Confident Cric Placement
The proper management of a difficult airway is a matter of life and death. Any equipment that gives you feedback during a procedure is a welcome addition to your airway kit. The Portex Cricothyrotomy Kit from Smiths Medical has a Veress needle design that not only confirms entry into the trachea, but also gives you immediate feedback during the procedure. A red indicator flag in the needle hub indicates contact of the needle tip with the tissue. As you advance the device into the trachea, the red indicator flag in the needle hub will disappear. Continue advancing the device until the red indicator flag reappears in the needle hub indicating contact with the posterior cartilage. After completing a few additional steps, an airway is established. The kit comes preassembled and contains all the components needed for the procedure. The 6 mm bore cricothyrotomy tube with soft-seal cuff allows for spontaneous breathing by the patient.
Size: 6 mm bore cricothyrotomy tube; 15 mm connector
Clean, Soft Hands
Kleenex Ultra Moisturizing Foam Hand Sanitizer from Kimberly Clark Worldwide Inc. not only kills up to 99.99% of the most common bacteria that can cause infection, contamination or illness, it also moisturizes your skin. With cucumber, green tea and beet extract, it will moisturize your skin for two hours and increase your skin’s hydration by 30%. The product is dispensed as foam, and the 70% ethyl alcohol formula allows for fast drying with no greasy sticky residue. Your hands will feel soft and smooth after each use. This sanitizer is also fragrance and dye free.
Mobile Morgue Trailer & Supplies
Fortunately, a response to the scene of a mass casualty doesn’t happen every day. But if it does happen, is your response team ready to handle the possibility of multiple fatalities? What will you do with them? The Push Pack Mortuary Trailer from Penn Care Inc. is a mobile morgue trailer that’s fully stocked with everything your team needs in a multiple fatality incident. There are four caches of equipment that make up a Push Pack that are prepackaged, labeled and organized as follows: Disaster Site Equipment (ID tags, marking flags, body litters and bags, and biohazard items); Disaster Site Support Equipment (vests, electrical equipment, biohazard support, basic grid equipment and instrument kits); Administrative Support Cache (clerical supplies, time stamp, marking equipment, etc.); and Personal Protective Equipment (all personal protection and safety equipment).
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