Columns, Equipment & Gear, Operations, Product Reviews, Special Topics

Hands On Product Reviews September 2015

Issue 9 and Volume 40.

Portable Wireless Monitoring

Mobile integrated healthcare programs provide in-home high-quality patient care for patients with chronic disease while lowering ED readmission rates and eliminating unnecessary ambulance runs. Wi-Med from Athena GTX is a noninvasive, portable tool that takes patient assessment and monitoring to a new level. Although useful for any patient, this system is ideal for monitoring and trending patients with chronic diseases. The Wi-Med system monitors all vital signs including heart rate, respirations, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, carbon dioxide and ECG. It can also provide a comprehensive hemodynamic status report, and data can be sent anywhere in the world for review and consult.

VITALS

Price: Call for price www.athenagtx.com 515-288-3360

Protection for Your Crew

In EMS we have the potential risk of being exposed to many things that can harm or even kill us: chemical contamination, bacteria, bloodborne pathogens, viruses, SARS, Ebola and all the other bad stuff you can think of. The Containment Stretcherfrom Quantum EMS is a negative-pressure isolation cell useful for transporting a contaminated patient safely to definitive care. A filter engine at the foot of the Containment Stretcher provides the negative-pressure environment that keeps microorganisms and other bad stuff inside and away from providers. The Containment Stretcher is waterproof and has three input filters coupled to the vacuum motor that not only filter outside air but also prevent any air from escaping. There are also four patient straps and two stretcher straps that secure the Containment Stretcher to your cot or other transport device.

VITALS
Dimensions: 80″ × 30″ × 21″ Weight: 38 lbs.
Price: $7,999.00  www.quantumems.com 516-321-9494

 

Continuing Education at Your Fingertips

With 24 hours in a day, how am I always scrambling to get everything done? Then I remember that I also have to keep up with my continuing education (CE) hours or else find myself having to cram classes into an already packed schedule as my recertification date looms near. Thanks to MedicEd.com, I can find quality CE courses anytime. MedicEd.com offers CE and training solutions for EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics in an easy-to-use, affordable online learning environment. MedicEd.com is also an American Heart Association (AHA) training center offering every level of AHA training including BLS, ACLS and PALS. Classes are CECBEMS approved and accepted by the National Registry of EMTs. MedicEd.com also offers group accounts with customizable content to meet the group’s needs.

VITALS

Individual rates: $5.00 per credit hour; $55.00 for 1-year unlimited access; $100.00 for 2-year unlimited access Group rates: See website www.mediced.com 877-781-1173

 

New Liquid Suspension System

One of the biggest challenges with using a medium-duty truck chassis for an ambulance is finding a suspension system that can provide stability as well as a smooth ride. CLASS (Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System) from Liquid Spring Technologies is a suspension system that uses a compressible fluid instead of conventional springs and shock absorbers, and is available for many medium-duty chassis ambulances in current use. The system works by directing fluid through a rate valve between the fluid volume and the strut. The system automatically adjusts spring stiffness and damping at each wheel, allowing for a smooth, stable ride based on vehicle load and current road conditions. The system automatically compensates for changes in balance and vehicle payload distribution. An electronic driver interface allows the driver to change ride modes and ride heights when needed.

VITALS

Price: Call for price www.liquidspring.com 765-474-7816

 

 

Powerful Portable Suction

With a patent airway as one of your top priorities, you’d think it would be a no-brainer to have a portable suction unit with you when you arrive at the patient’s side. The problem is that most portable units have to be plugged into a power source in the ambulance or are too big to fit inside your standard airway jump bag. The Quickdrawfrom SSCOR Inc. is small enough to fit in your airway bag and powerful enough to handle the toughest job. The Quickdraw has three configuration options: 1) 1 m of patient tubing and an S3 oropharyngeal evacuation tool; 2) standard suction tubing for use with common suction tips; and 3) integral catheter enabling the canister to be used as a handheld suction unit. The QuickDraw is the first medical aspirator that can be powered with standard AAA alkaline batteries, giving you up to three hours of power. It’s also available in a rechargeable version.

VITALS
Dimensions: 10.5″ × 4.35″ × 4.5″ Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Price: Call for price ww.sscor.com 800-434-5211

Tactical Trauma Kit

In tactical situations you need to be able to carry everything you need with you, so the equipment you carry should be small, lightweight and organized for quick access and deployment. The SONS DTK-2 Trauma Kit from Phokus Research Group is a low-profile kit designed to fit underneath the wearer’s ballistic plate. The kit is designed around injury patterns in order of priority for trauma treatment. The DTK-2 contains combat gauze, two 4″ Z-fold gauze bandages, a 14-gauge needle, two occlusive dressings, a nasopharyngeal airway, a 3″ elastic bandage, two 2″ safety pins, nitrile gloves, a causality card and a Sharpie marker. All this is packaged in heavy-duty, medical-grade vinyl and then pressure-sealed into a 3/4″-thick package that weighs only 12 oz.

VITALS
Dimensions: 9″ × 11″ × 3/4″
Price: $143.00 www.phokusresearch.com 858-901-3091

Columns, Equipment & Gear, Operations, Product Reviews, Special Topics

Hands On Product Reviews September 2015

Issue 9 and Volume 40.

Portable Wireless Monitoring

Mobile integrated healthcare programs provide in-home high-quality patient care for patients with chronic disease while lowering ED readmission rates and eliminating unnecessary ambulance runs. Wi-Med from Athena GTX is a noninvasive, portable tool that takes patient assessment and monitoring to a new level. Although useful for any patient, this system is ideal for monitoring and trending patients with chronic diseases. The Wi-Med system monitors all vital signs including heart rate, respirations, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, carbon dioxide and ECG. It can also provide a comprehensive hemodynamic status report, and data can be sent anywhere in the world for review and consult.

VITALS

Price: Call for price www.athenagtx.com 515-288-3360

Protection for Your Crew

In EMS we have the potential risk of being exposed to many things that can harm or even kill us: chemical contamination, bacteria, bloodborne pathogens, viruses, SARS, Ebola and all the other bad stuff you can think of. The Containment Stretcherfrom Quantum EMS is a negative-pressure isolation cell useful for transporting a contaminated patient safely to definitive care. A filter engine at the foot of the Containment Stretcher provides the negative-pressure environment that keeps microorganisms and other bad stuff inside and away from providers. The Containment Stretcher is waterproof and has three input filters coupled to the vacuum motor that not only filter outside air but also prevent any air from escaping. There are also four patient straps and two stretcher straps that secure the Containment Stretcher to your cot or other transport device.

VITALS
Dimensions: 80″ × 30″ × 21″ Weight: 38 lbs.
Price: $7,999.00  www.quantumems.com 516-321-9494

 

Continuing Education at Your Fingertips

With 24 hours in a day, how am I always scrambling to get everything done? Then I remember that I also have to keep up with my continuing education (CE) hours or else find myself having to cram classes into an already packed schedule as my recertification date looms near. Thanks to MedicEd.com, I can find quality CE courses anytime. MedicEd.com offers CE and training solutions for EMTs, AEMTs and paramedics in an easy-to-use, affordable online learning environment. MedicEd.com is also an American Heart Association (AHA) training center offering every level of AHA training including BLS, ACLS and PALS. Classes are CECBEMS approved and accepted by the National Registry of EMTs. MedicEd.com also offers group accounts with customizable content to meet the group’s needs.

VITALS

Individual rates: $5.00 per credit hour; $55.00 for 1-year unlimited access; $100.00 for 2-year unlimited access Group rates: See website www.mediced.com 877-781-1173

 

New Liquid Suspension System

One of the biggest challenges with using a medium-duty truck chassis for an ambulance is finding a suspension system that can provide stability as well as a smooth ride. CLASS (Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System) from Liquid Spring Technologies is a suspension system that uses a compressible fluid instead of conventional springs and shock absorbers, and is available for many medium-duty chassis ambulances in current use. The system works by directing fluid through a rate valve between the fluid volume and the strut. The system automatically adjusts spring stiffness and damping at each wheel, allowing for a smooth, stable ride based on vehicle load and current road conditions. The system automatically compensates for changes in balance and vehicle payload distribution. An electronic driver interface allows the driver to change ride modes and ride heights when needed.

VITALS

Price: Call for price www.liquidspring.com 765-474-7816

 

 

Powerful Portable Suction

With a patent airway as one of your top priorities, you’d think it would be a no-brainer to have a portable suction unit with you when you arrive at the patient’s side. The problem is that most portable units have to be plugged into a power source in the ambulance or are too big to fit inside your standard airway jump bag. The Quickdrawfrom SSCOR Inc. is small enough to fit in your airway bag and powerful enough to handle the toughest job. The Quickdraw has three configuration options: 1) 1 m of patient tubing and an S3 oropharyngeal evacuation tool; 2) standard suction tubing for use with common suction tips; and 3) integral catheter enabling the canister to be used as a handheld suction unit. The QuickDraw is the first medical aspirator that can be powered with standard AAA alkaline batteries, giving you up to three hours of power. It’s also available in a rechargeable version.

VITALS
Dimensions: 10.5″ × 4.35″ × 4.5″ Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Price: Call for price ww.sscor.com 800-434-5211

Tactical Trauma Kit

In tactical situations you need to be able to carry everything you need with you, so the equipment you carry should be small, lightweight and organized for quick access and deployment. The SONS DTK-2 Trauma Kit from Phokus Research Group is a low-profile kit designed to fit underneath the wearer’s ballistic plate. The kit is designed around injury patterns in order of priority for trauma treatment. The DTK-2 contains combat gauze, two 4″ Z-fold gauze bandages, a 14-gauge needle, two occlusive dressings, a nasopharyngeal airway, a 3″ elastic bandage, two 2″ safety pins, nitrile gloves, a causality card and a Sharpie marker. All this is packaged in heavy-duty, medical-grade vinyl and then pressure-sealed into a 3/4″-thick package that weighs only 12 oz.

VITALS
Dimensions: 9″ × 11″ × 3/4″
Price: $143.00 www.phokusresearch.com 858-901-3091