Columns, Equipment & Gear

Hands On January 2014

Issue 1 and Volume 39.

iTClamp from iTraumaCare iTClamp from iTraumaCare

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.

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Weight: 1.1 oz. Dimensions: 2.24″ x 1.98″ x 1.13″ Price: $79.00 www.itraumacare.com  855-774-4526

 BEAR Stair Chair  BEAR Stair Chair

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.

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Color: Green with red, blue, yellow and green straps Price: $495.00 www.beariatrics.com  541-889-9009

TrueClot Hemorrhage Simulation Blood Simulant

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.

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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) www.lunainc.com  434-220-0159

VectraplexECG Rugged System

Continuous Detection of ECG Changes 

The VectraplexECG Rugged System from VectraCor is unique in that it provides continuous, noninvasive 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

EZ Glide Stair Chair

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.

VITALS Height: 37.5″ Width: 20.31″ Folded depth: 10″ Weight: 56.6 lbs. (with battery) Power: 28V lithium ion Price: Call for pricing www.fernoems.com 877-733-0911

Advanced Tactical Triage Pack from Disaster Management Systems Advanced Tactical Triage Pack from Disaster Management Systems

Easy-to-Handle Triage Pack 

If you’ve ever been assigned to be the triage officer at an emergency scene with multiple victims or even at a mass casualty drill, you know how daunting the job of triage can be. To make matters worse, you not only need to be able to move fast and properly identify the most critical victims, you probably have a whole arsenal of tags, color tape, cards, pens, glow sticks—the list goes on and on. The Advanced Tactical Triage Pack from Disaster Management Systems stores everything you need for your triage duties in a neat, organized fashion. The pack is worn over your shoulder and hangs on your chest/abdomen. The pack comes with five, 150-foot triage color ribbon rolls, chemlights for night marking of immediate transport patients, an integrated triage count card and a grease pen. The pack can also be filled with any medical supplies you might need for any rapid care of life-threatening injuries.

VITALS Color: Blue Price: $129.97 (without medical supplies) www.triagetags.com 909-484-2900