Columns, Equipment & Gear, Operations

Hands On Product Reviews September 2013

Issue 9 and Volume 38.

Environmental & Cost Savings 

Keeping in line with the company’s sustainability objectives, Demers Ambulances line of vehicles with ECOSmart Technologies, are making an impact on the environment and the bottom line. The aerodynamic lines are not just for looks; the high-strength aluminum and composite materials reduce the vehicle’s weight without sacrificing durability. The lightweight design provides good fuel economy and can save up to 8% in fuel cost. The ECOSmart Anti-Idling System, powered by DEMS (Demers Electrical Management System) provides a saving of $1,500–$2,000 a year in fuel savings, a 40% reduction in fuel consumption during idle time and a positive impact on the environment with a reduction of 4.5 tons of CO2 emissions per vehicle, per year.

Demers Ambulances with ECOSmart Technologies

VITALS Sizes and pricing: Call for price and demonstration www.demers-ambulances.com  800-363-7591

 

Help with Difficult Airways 

The next generation in single patient-use bougies is here. INTROED Pocket Bougie from Bomimed uses Advanced Tactiglide Technology for increased sensitivity and accuracy when users attempt to place an endotrachial tube (ETT). Designed to fit in your pocket or jump bag, the Pocket Bougie is designed for optimal curve and is enhanced with shape memory. It is made from a special blend of Teflon making it self-lubricated, and the coating provides soft tissue protection. There are double-sided markings so it can be inserted from either end. Pocket Bougie is latex free and has no metal core. Because of its flexibility, the distal tip can be flexed during insertion for successful ETT placement in patients with extremely anterior airways.

 INTROED Pocket Bougie from Bomimed

VITALS  Size: 14 Fr (4.7mm) Color: White Price: Case of 10, $250.00 www.bomimed.com  800-667-6276

 

Comfortable Spinal Stabilization 

Let’s face it, no matter how hard you try, some people just cannot be properly immobilized using the conventional backboard and head restraints. There are elderly patients with a curved spine from kyphosis and other patients whose anatomy doesn’t allow them to lie flat like we were taught in our EMT classes. Some elderly patients can also get pressure sores after only a short time on a hard backboard. The FASTSPLINT HALFBACK from Hartwell Medical is the latest in the family of vacuum splinting products. It can be molded and shaped to fit your patient’s unique needs. The FASTPLINT HALFBACK stabilizes the patient head, neck and torso as one unit. It works with any rigid patient transfer device. The splint can be used on patients of any age with suspected spinal injury. The splint is reusable, easy to clean and can be rolled or folded for compact storage.

The FASTSPLINT HALFBACK from Hartwell Medical

VITALS Weight: Splint, 3.6 lbs.; splint & pump, 6.8 lbs. Size: Unfolded, 40.5″ L x 29.5″ W x 1.5″ D; in carry case, 22.5″ L x 12.5″ W x 6.75″ D Price: $109.00; with carry case, $149; with carry case and compact pump, $299 www.hartwellmedical.com  800-633-5900

 

Affordable Gas Monitors 

The Airspace Gas Monitors from Airspace Monitoring Systems are a family of gas monitors that are designed to meet your agencies needs as well as being some of the most affordable monitors in the industry. The AGS Solid State Technology sensors require no calibration, eliminating the need for expensive routine bump tests. These monitors will burn off most contamination and return to zero automatically. The AI-1100 is a basic easy to use carbon monoxide (CO) monitor. The AI-1200 is a CO monitor with LCD display designed for response to CO alarm calls and post fir monitoring. The AI-1201 is a CO/LEL Monitor that looks at CO, methane and most hydrocarbon gasses. The five-year warranty covers every part of these monitor.

 Airspace Gas Monitors from Airspace Monitoring Systems

VITALS Size: 3.9″ L x 2.3″ W x 0.9″ D Power: 2 AA batteries Alarm set points: Carbon monoxide, 30, 60, 120ppm; methane, 5000ppm Price: $300.00–$515.00 www.airspaceinc.com  888-564-5126

 

Talking Auto-Injector 

Many people with severe allergies have the fear that if they are having an anaphylactic reaction, other family members or bystanders will not know how to operate the epinephrine auto-injector they carry. As a first responder, you will begin to see the new Auvi-Q Epinephrine Auto-Injector by Sanofi in the field, and you may even find them as a new tool in your drug kits. The Auvi-Q is the first and only epinephrine auto-injector with audio and visual cues on the market. It provides the user with step-by-step instructions and a time countdown to guide them in the use of the auto-injector. Auvi-Q fits easily in a pant pocket or purse. It’s only the size of a credit card and about as thick as most smart phones. Auvi-Q’s press and hold action takes only five seconds and it features a retractable needle mechanism. The user will not see the needle before, during or after use. Auvi-Q comes in both adult and child dose injectors.

Auvi-Q Epinephrine Auto-Injector by Sanofi

VITALS Size: 3.375″ tall x 2″ wide x 0.625″ thick Dosage: Patients 33–66 lbs., 0.15 mg; patients over 66 pounds, 0.3 mg Price: Available by prescription or through you services pharmacy, www.auvi-q.com  800-981-2491