Once you see a co-worker going through the body fluid exposure treatment protocol because blood, vomit (or worse) from a patient landed in their eyes, you learn to keep your eye protection handy. But finding it when you need it can be problematic. The newÜMEDshieldsÜeyewear is a flexible, clear plastic lens that can be kept in your shirt pocket and unfolded in seconds when needed. This eyewear doesnÌt have a frame. Instead, a small area of adhesive on each side enables you to stick the MEDshields to your face at the temples. If you wear glasses, theyÌll easily stick to your frames and provide additional coverage and side protection. MEDshields are also available in a 100 lens multi-pack that takes up less space than a single set of safety goggles.
Fran Hildwine, BS, NREMT-P, CCEMT-P, coordinates the monthly Hands On column inÜJEMS. HeÌs 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 19 yearsÌ EMS experience. Contact him atÜ[email protected].