Columns, Equipment & Gear

Hands On EMS Product Reviews April 2016

Issue 40 and Volume 41.

High-Fidelity Simulation

SimMan ALS from Laerdal

Simulation has been an integral part of EMS training and education since the invention of the original Resusci Anne CPR manikin in 1960 by Åsmund S. Laerdal. EMTs and paramedics see numerous high-risk, low-frequency situations that are difficult to replicate. The new SimMan ALS from Laerdal is a manikin designed specifically for EMS, developed in part from lengthy focus groups during the EMS Today conference in 2015. The focus groups generated a wish list of features, including a price point that would be more affordable than other high-fidelity manikins currently on the market. Features for the SimMan ALS include a compressor built in to the right thigh to power the pneumatics, chest rise with respiration, multiple pulse points, blood pressure auscultation, multiple lung, heart and bowel sounds, ventilation, intubation, and CPR performance measures with QCPR feedback. You can also operate the SimMan ALS with a laptop or the new SimPad Plus, which features a faster processor.


Length: 5.9 ft., Weight: 85 lbs.

Price: Call for price

877-LAERDAL (523-7325)


Wearable Multi-Tool Bracelet

 Leatherman Tread pocket multi-tool

Like Kleenex and Xerox, Leatherman is a product name that has become synonymous with the world of multi-tools. For those of us who carry one daily, the request, “Can I borrow your Leatherman?” is quite common. The new Leatherman Tread takes the pocket multi-tool and creates one that’s wearable, fashionable and functional. There are 29 tools, including six box wrench sizes, three Phillips screwdrivers, four flat-head screwdrivers, eight Hex drives, a bottle opener, cutting hook, carbide glass breaker and an oxygen wrench. Although Leatherman claims it’s travel friendly and in compliance with current Transportation Safety Agency regulations, there have been reports that this isn’t the case. If you plan on traveling, you may want to pack your Leatherman Tread in a checked bag as a precaution.


Width: ½”

Circumference: 8.56″

Weight: 5.9 oz.

Colors: Stainless; black

Price: $165.00 (stainless); $200.00 (black)



Multicolor LED Handheld Light

Torq Flashlight from First Light

What do you consider your essential personal equipment? Stethoscope, trauma shears, multi-tool, folding knife and flashlight are some of the essentials you should consider keeping on your person during any EMS shift. Having a lightweight, compact, multicolor, adjustable brightness, handheld light can make the difference between fixing an issue now or having to return to your vehicle for a flashlight. The new Torq Flashlight from First Light is just the sort of light that provides versatility, brightness and a long run time in a palm-sized package. You can select three levels of light for each color. The bright white LED can easily light up a room. The red, green or blue LEDs can provide enough light to read while maintaining night vision. There’s also a signal function that causes the red, white and blue LEDs to flash. The Torq has a number of mounting options and a light head that swivels 320 degrees so the light shines where needed.


Dimensions: 2.6″ x 1.4″ x 3.9″

Max brightness: 155 lumens

Max runtime: 10 hours

Power: 2 AA batteries

Price: $99.99



New Science Equals New Textbooks

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support textbook Geriatric Education for EMS

The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) has developed a variety of courses that have become standards in EMS. Now, they’ve released new editions of their NAEMT Textbooks from Jones & Bartlett Learning. Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) uses the same assessment parameters as the American College of Surgeons’ Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course and is often a required certification before being hired as an EMT or paramedic. New PHTLS information includes a chapter on the physiology of life and death, and improvements in trauma care learned from the war on terrorism. Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) has become a course sought out by experienced paramedics to enhance assessment and treatment of the critically ill. New AMLS information includes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), viral hemorrhagic fevers, and a new chapter on environmental conditions. Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) addresses the population demographic which comprises the largest segment of EMS patients. New GEMS content on how disasters affect the geriatric population, community paramedicine and mobile integrated healthcare are also a part of the new edition.


Pages: 736 (PHTLS); 468 (AMLS); 302 (GEMS)

Price: $71.95 (PHTLS); $69.95 (AMLS); $69.95 (GEMS)



Base Layer Protection

Cut and Slash Resistant Shirt from PSS Group

Assaults against EMS workers are on the rise. More EMTs and paramedics are wearing body armor, or have it more readily available now than in the past. Although ballistic vest body armor provides a high degree of protection against gunshots and slash attacks, it leaves many areas of the body open for injury. The new Cut and Slash Resistant Shirt from PSS Group provides protection to several vital areas of the body and uses Cut-Tex PRO cut resistant fabric. This garment covers the radial artery, brachial artery, carotid artery, axillary artery and femoral artery, which reduces the risk of severe injury following an assault by an edged weapon.


Sizes: S–5XL

Color: Navy/silver

Cut resistant standard: ISO 13997:1999

Blade cut resistance level: 5

Price: $189.99 (S–2XL); $209.99 (3XL–5XL)



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