Columns, Equipment & Gear, Product Reviews

Hands On April 2015

Issue 4 and Volume 40.

Protect Your Hands

In EMS, we’re sometimes required to check a patient’s pockets for identification or clues as to what the cause of their emergency might be. We also come across violent patients, or patients possessing a sharp object hidden in their pocket. The Slash Resistant Gloves from PPSSprotect your hands from injury when you come into contact with hidden knives or needles. Made from Cut-Tek Pro fabric, these gloves offer cut, abraision, tear and puncture resistance at the highest possible levels, making them ideal protection from needle sticks. They’re also available in various styles.


Price: Call for price



Compact IFAK/Trauma Kit

In tactical medicine, sometimes smaller is better. You need to be able to carry everything you need and access it quickly in order to save a life. The Covert Trauma Pouch Kit from Chinook Medical Gear Inc. is a compact, low-profile kit designed to hold many of the trauma supplies you need for lifesaving procedures in a tactical setting. The kit comes with nitrile gloves, a SOF tactical tourniquet, compression gauze, compact wound seal, a 14-gauge × 3.25″ decompression needle, nasopharygeal airway, mini compression bandage and a tactical combat casuality card. The pouch is constructed of 500 Denier Cordura nylon and PALS webbing, and is MOLLE compatible. The kit is available in black and coyote brown, and the pouch is also available for purchase separately.


Size: 3.75″ × 6″ × 3″

Weight: 1 lbs.

Price: Full kit, $114.95; kit refills, $89.95



Hydraulic Helper

You’re in the middle of using your hydraulic tools for a rescue and your power unit stops working. Or maybe you’re working in a space that makes using a power unit impossible. Holmatro, a leader in hydraulic rescue tools, has developed a new line of Compact Hand Pumps that can be used to operate a wide range of their hydraulic tools. These hand and foot pumps are lightweight, rugged and made from high-grade aluminium with reinforced fiberglass handles, a hydraulic oil level indicator and a built-in funnel. The pumps also feature a soft, comfortable handle and a simple push and unlock release system. These pumps are ideal for instances of vehicle crashes or any other rescue where cutting, pushing or lifting is required.


Price: Call for price



Protection From Unruly Patients

You’ve been called to a violent patient scene. While your crew works diligently with police to get the patient onto a stretcher, you decide that it would be in the best interest of everyone to restrain the patient’s arms and legs. However, once restrained, the patient begins to verbally assault and spit on you. The Spit Sock Hood fromSterns Wear is designed for this exact situation. The hood fits safely and securely over a patient’s head, prohibiting spitting and allowing observation of a patient’s face, airway and breathing. It’s made of 100% polyester material and the elastic neck allows for fast and easy removal. Not only does the hood contain any spit, but it helps to curb aggressive behavior, making your patient easier to manage. Spit Sock Hoods are disposable and come individually wrapped.


Price: $2.15 to $2.85 each,

based on quantity ordered



Life Proof Your Device

How many times have you dropped your cell phone in the last month? Or maybe you’ve had to leave your device at home because of some activity you were taking part in. We all know that EMS and rescue environments aren’t a safe place for most electronic devices. LifeProof Cases from LifeProof live up to the company’s statement of “one case—four proofs.” LifeProof cases are water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof, making them ideal for EMS, fire and rescue work, as well as an active lifestyle. Each case is tested to meet an internal water test, military standard 810G-516-6 functional drop test, and the IP-68 international standard for water and dirt ingress protection. Cases are available for various Apple, Samsung and Motorola products in many different colors to suit your personality.


Price: See website for

pricing and accessories



All-In-One Data Solution

There are many different types of electronic reporting systems on the market. If you’re looking for a new data system, you want it to be easy to use. The system should be able to give you secure data when and how you want it.HealthEMS from Physio-Control Data Solutions is a remote-hosted field data collection, management and reporting software solution. HealthEMS is designed to help fire and EMS providers improve patient care and financial performance. It provides a two-way flow of information that improves your patient reporting, quality assurance, and billing and reporting accuracy. HealthEMS also integrates with CAD, ECG and billing data, and allows users to customize reports to meet your service’s needs. HealthEMS meets NEMSIS Gold Compliant requirements.


Price: Call for price