Columns, Equipment & Gear

Hands On Product Reviews March 2016

Issue 3 and Volume 41.

Don’t Lose That Tube!

EMS Products: TTH Select from Laerdal

When you see a 10 lb. weight hanging from an endotracheal tube placed in an inverted airway manikin, you can’t help but be impressed. That was at EMS Today in the mid-1990s, and the original Thomas Tube Holder (TTH) quickly became a standard piece of equipment in airway kits. The new TTH Select from Laerdal improves upon an industry standard. The TTH Select is now faster to place thanks to a friction lock, which means you just have to push the yellow thumbscrew to place the device. The traditional thumbscrew continues to assure secure, easily adjustable placement. Another improvement is the simple addition of a nose icon that will assist in proper placement. The secure Velcro strap with push stick to help place the strap behind the patient’s neck also remains.

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Dimensions: 4.5″ x 2.75″ x 2″

Weight: 1 oz.

Price: $6.00

www.laerdal.com

877-LAERDAL (523-7325)

 

Scalable Incident Situational Awareness

EMS Products: Healthcare Incident Management System software package from Knowledge Center

During a mass casualty incident or a natural or man-made disaster, it’s important for commanders to have a broad view of the incident and maintain situational awareness. Are area hospitals being overwhelmed during an ice storm? Has a hurricane knocked out power to a large portion of your county? What hospitals are open to receive casualties following an earthquake? Or, did an area hospital just lose all landline communications due to a freak car accident? The Healthcare Incident Management System software package from Knowledge Center provides a common platform for hospitals, governmental agencies and a variety of service providers to communicate securely in real time during a major incident. Some of the features include patient tracking, evacuation, reunification, alerting for different incident types and locations, action requests for specific unmet needs, bed availability and hazard vulnerability. The software was put to the test during Super-storm Sandy in 2012 and by all accounts it met that test extremely well.

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Compatible Web browsers: Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari

Price: Call for price

www.knowledge-center.com

412-206-2993

 

A Street-Tough Lunchbox

EMS Products: Lunchboxes from Planet Box

Healthy eating can be a struggle in EMS. Long hours, interrupted meals, crushed plastic wear, ease of ordering take-out and long transports all make it difficult to consistently bring your meals to work. This line of heavy-duty, stainless steel Lunchboxes from Planet Box is designed for a rugged environment and will protect your snacks and sandwiches from getting squashed. The compartment design makes it easy for you to organize your meals and to see what’s missing from your meal plan. Made from high-quality stainless steel, you don’t need to worry about BPA, phthalates and lead leaching into your food. Cleanup is also simple, as all Planet Box lunchboxes are dishwasher safe. Accessories include dippers for keeping sauces separate, magnets for decoration or identification, icepacks and carry bags.

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Sizes: Shuttle (7.75″ x 5.2″ x 2″);

Rover (10″ x 7″ x 1.5″);

Launch (10.25″ x 7.75″ x 2″)

Price: $34.95 (Shuttle);

$49.95 (Rover); $55.95 (Launch)

www.planetbox.com

844-752-6388

 

Affordable AED Trainer

EMS Products: AED Practi-Trainer from WNL Products

Push hard, push fast, at a rate of 100–120 compressions per minute and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) as soon as possible. Those are two of the most basic points of CPR education—an important public service provided by EMS agencies and a way for providers who become instructors to earn some extra cash. One of the major hurdles to establishing your own CPR training business is the start-up cost of AED trainers. For established instructors and training centers, the ability to have an AED trainer for every two or three students will make for faster classes, increasing your return on investment. The AED Practi-Trainer from WNL Products is an affordable solution packed with features, including: bilingual switch so the same AED trainer can be used for two different languages, a remote control to select from eight preprogrammed scenarios, adult and child AED pads, and the ability to use headphones for individual practice in a quiet environment.

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Dimensions: 7.5″ x 6″ x 1.75″

Weight: 2 lbs.

Languages: English and Spanish

Price: $149.95

www.wnlproducts.com

800-884-9629

 

Comfortable EMS Pants

EMS Products: Tactix EMS Pants from First Tactical

EMS uniform pants have developed into a specialty item that addresses many of the unique needs of our industry. EMS pants need to look professional; carry specific supplies such as trauma shears, multiple pairs of gloves, a small flashlight and a multi-tool; and stand up to a high amount of sitting, squatting and kneeling. The new Tactix EMS Pants from First Tactical address all of these requirements with a design that has some unique features. The concealed, flex-action waistband moves with you and helps keep your shirt tucked in. The thigh pocket has a zippered top opening, a hook-and- loop-secured large compartment and a durable nylon-lined scissor/flashlight/dual pen pocket. Pockets on the calf can hold multiple pairs of gloves and there are even external access pockets for knee pads. Now you can perform CPR and not have your knees ache as bad as they used to.

EMS Products: Tactix EMS Pants from First Tactical

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Color: Midnight Navy

Sizes: 28–50 (Men’s); 2–20 (Women’s)

Length: 30–36

Price: $64.99

www.firsttactical.com

855-665-3410

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