Columns, Equipment & Gear, Product Reviews

Hands On Product Reviews June 2015

Issue 6 and Volume 40.

Accurate Core Temperature Monitoring

Obtaining an accurate temperature on a patient who may have a fever or seems to be hypothermic can be challenging. Your service might carry an oral/rectal thermometer, tympanic thermometer, forehead scanning thermometer, or—like my service—all three. The reading between the different devices may vary. The SpotOn Temperature Monitoring System from 3M is a noninvasive system that gives you the ability to accurately monitor and track your patient’s core temperature throughout the course of care using a single-use sensor placed on the patient’s forehead. This sensor has a thermal insulator adjacent to the skin that’s covered by a thermistor and a flex circuit that regulates its temperature and creates an insulation zone. The isothermic pathway created by this insulation brings the patient’s core temperature to the surface. SpotOn Temperature readings are accurate to pulmonary artery readings with a bias that’s less than 0.23 degrees C.


Size: 3.7″ H × 2.8″ W × 1.7″ D (control unit);

1.6″ diameter × 0.2″ thick (sensor)

Weight: 4.5 oz. (control unit)

Price: Call for price



Stop Nosebleeds Fast

You’re dispatched to respond to a patient with a nosebleed. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” you think. You arrive on scene, casually walk into the house, and find a person standing over a bathroom sink covered in blood in what looks like the final scene of a slasher movie. There’s blood everywhere and despite your best efforts, you can’t control the hemorrhage coming from your patient’s nose. What you need is the SureStop Nasal with String and Gauze from GM Scientific. The SureStop Nasal is a sterile nasal dressing that features an inner polyvinyl sponge and a hemostatic gauze cover that turns into a clear viscous gel, sealing the capillary ends and activating clotting. The gel-covered sponge expands to provide direct pressure to stop the bleeding, and a string allows for fast and easy removal.


Size: 2.2″ × 0.8″ × 0.6″

Quantity: Boxes of 10; 400 per carton

Price: Call for price



Small, Durable Pulse Oximeter

It amazes me when I think back on how far we’ve come in EMS in the last 25 years. Our scope of practice continues to develop and expand; however, with added responsibility comes additional equipment taking up space in our jump bags and on our ambulances.Dynarex has recognized this and developed their moisture-proof Finger Pulse Oximeter to be both small and easy to use. With tested accuracy and durabaility, the Finger Pulse Oximeter is ideal for spot checking as well as continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate in both adult and pedictric patients. It features a an easy-to-read display that shows SpO2, pulse rate and pulse wave. The single-button operation allows you to choose from six different screen display options as well as adjust the screen brightness.


Power: 2 AAA batteries

Price: $40.72



Versatile Video Laryngoscope

Being proficient at intubation requires practice. Now, thanks to video technology, successful intubation is a bit easier, allowing for unprecedented visualization of the vocal cords. The new VL400 Video Laryngoscopefrom UE Medical Devices uses advanced video technology for optimal visualization with an ergonomic design that makes it easy to handle and maneuver when handling the basic to the most difficult of airways. The VL400 is lightweight and portable with a tilting and rotatable LED screen. There’s also a long-lasting rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The VL400 can be purchased in three different configurations: The VL400 Disposable features a single-use disposable sheath; the VL400 Reusable has five sizes of reusable blades; and the VL400 Video Stylet has a high-quality built-in camera, bright LED light and S-curve shape for difficult airways. There’s also an optional handle with a photo/video button available.


Price: Call for price



All-In-One Bag for Immediate Responders

One aspect of public service is to help provide the public with the tools they need to help a victim prior to our arrival. The iACT Responder Bag is designed with the lay rescuer in mind. Like an AED, the iACT Responder Bag can be placed in public areas where large amounts of people meet. In the event of an emergency or mass casualty incident, bystanders can retrieve the bag and provide lifesaving care before EMS arrives. When opened, the bag guides the rescuer in the order of importance based on life threats through the acronym BRAVE, which stands for bleeding, respirations, airway, vessels (pulse check) and environment. Each compartment in the bag is labeled with the corresponding section of the acronym and contains detailed instruction cards on the use and application of each of the included devices. The bag contains two tourniquets, QuikClot pressure dressing, nasal airway, chest seal, foil blanket, shears, gloves, control wrap, gauze and medical tape.


Price: $550.00


Realistic Simulation Training

If you’re a regular reader of Hands On, you know I like to share any product that helps make training or simulation as real as possible. The ALSi from iSimulate, a 2014 Hot Product from EMS Today, is designed to provide the kind of realistic simulation scenerios you need to get the most out of your training sessions. Using two iPads and the newly designed version of the NEANN bag, the ALSi feels like you’re carrying a real monitor/defibrillator. The ALSi uses ActiveWave technology to produce realistic and intricate ECG, blood pressure, end-tidal carbon dioxide and SpO2 waveforms. This allows the student to navigate, analyze and provide treatments in real-time, real-life situations. The instructor has total control over what appears on the monitor and can customize scenarios to meet their training needs and reqiurements. After a scenario, the instructor can quickly create and export student reports to reinforce and enhance the learning experience.


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