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Hands On Product Reviews December 2015

Issue 12 and Volume 40.

Technology Meets the Medical Alert Bracelet

EPIC-id USB Emergency ID Bracelet from Prolific Design Group

Your patient has an altered mental status. One of the things you learned in your basic EMT class is to look for a medical alert bracelet. The EPIC-id USB Emergency ID Bracelet from Prolific Design Group is a major improvement to the traditional medical alert bracelet. Patients insert the EPIC-id into a USB port (no additional software required) and enter their medical history, personal information, insurance information, DNR status, living will, donor information, spiritual/religious preferences and requests, and photo. First responders simply insert the patient’s bracelet into their onboard computer to gain access to the data. A custom ID tag with the patient’s name, allergies and emergency contact information can be added for an additional charge.


Colors: Black, red or white

Price: $35.00



Defibrillation Training Device

ShockLink from Laerdal Medica

Practicing how to best conduct cardiac arrest scenarios has always been a top priority when teaching CPR. In order to make that training realistic, you usually have to purchase or borrow expensive defibrillation manikins and training defibrillators. This works OK but often doesn’t allow the student to use the actual defibrillator they’ll be using in the field. ShockLink from Laerdal Medical is a defibrillation training tool that allows students to use the same defibrillator they use in the field during training scenarios. The shock energy from the defibrillator is defused in the ShockLink cable. ShockLink works with many of the industry’s cardiac monitor/defibrillators and automated external defibrillators. The ShockLink remote control, or the Laerdal SimPad SkillReporter, can be used to prompt changes to simulated heart rhythm scenarios.


Price: $520.00



Traction Splint for Tight Places

Mustang Traction Splint from Emergency Products & Research Mustang Traction Splint from Emergency Products & Research

You don’t always know what you’ll really find on scene until you get there. Imagine arriving at the patient’s side only to find a possible femur fracture. Due to its size, your traction splint is probably back in your ambulance. The Mustang Traction Splint from Emergency Products & Research is a small, lightweight traction splint that can easily fit in your trauma response bag. It has a unique design that stays within the profile of the body and doesn’t extend past the foot, making it ideal for use in small, confined spaces or for transport in aircraft. It can be used on both adult and pediatric patients and can be used above the knee in the event of a femur fracture with amputation below the knee. The Mustang is X-ray and CT-scan translucent and the Quick Cravats that hold the splint in place are disposable and replaceable for optimal infection control.


Weight: 9 oz.

Dimensions: 10 ½” x 3/4″ x 4 1/4″

Price: Call for price



Safer Patient Transport Unit

MegaMover Select from Graham Medical 

MegaMover Select from Graham Medical

In a perfect world, all our patients would weigh less than 100 lbs., and be found lying in the middle of the floor on the ground floor of the building. The reality is that it’s usually the second or third floor, there’s no elevator, your stretcher doesn’t fit through the doorway, and you have to find a way to get the patient out without injuring yourself, your partner or the patient. Oh, and they usually weigh a little more than 100 lbs! Much like its predecessor the MegaMover, the MegaMover Select from Graham Medical is a patient transport, transfer and rescue unit that goes where your stretcher won’t, with fluid barrier construction to help protect you and your equipment. The MegaMover Select features multi-position handles that make it ideal for moving patients up or down stairs, promoting safer, more comfortable lifting positions as well as enhanced leverage.


Dimensions: 40″ x 80″

Price: Call for price



Quick-Deploy Wound Care

Active Shooter Event Casualty Response Kit from Rescue Essentials

The speed at which life-saving wound care is administered to a critically injured patient at an active shooter scene can be a matter of life and death. A responder needs their equipment to be organized and be able to access it as fast as possible. The Active Shooter Event Casualty Response Kit from Rescue Essentials, a Hot Product from EMS Today 2015, is designed for rapid deployment of point-of-wound care supplies. A glove pouch, holders for two CAT tourniquets and a pair of 7 ½” trauma shears are on the outside of the bag, allowing for instant access and deployment. The inside of the kit is well-organized and contains gloves, a QuikLitter, additional CAT tourniquets, SWAT-T tourniquets, Halo chest seals, compressed gauze, 4″ trauma dressings, 6″ trauma dressings, causality cards with markers, and N95 masks.


Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Dimensions: 8″ x 8″ x 12″

Price: $335.50



IV Training Bags

SimLabSolutions Simulated IV Bags

To become proficient in the skills we’re expected to perform in EMS, EMT and paramedic students must be able to practice over and over until the skill becomes second nature. Unfortunately, the chances to practice IV therapy, medication mixing and IV drip set-up and administration are limited because of regulations and pharmacological restriction. SimLabSolutions, a division of DiaMedical USA, has an answer to this problem with their line of Simulated IV Bags. These IV bags are realistically labeled but contain only distilled water. There’s no prescription needed to purchase and the bags are available prefilled or empty. Now the first time your students have to mix a medication, it’s not on a live patient. The bags are available in 0.9% NaCL; 5% dextrose; and 5% dextrose and 0.9% NaCL concentrations, and are available in multiple sizes: 50 mL, 100 mL, 250 mL, 500 mL and 1000 mL.


Price: See website for prices



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