Columns, Equipment & Gear

Hands On Product Reviews September 2016

Issue 9 and Volume 41.

Code Blue Command

“No pulse, start CPR!” These words mark the start of our battle of resuscitation, attempting to bring the dead back to life and hopefully walk out of the hospital neurologically intact. Despite the odds being against us, we press on. Organizing the many tasks of a well-run cardiac arrest resuscitation takes a great deal of coordination, and the new Prehospital CPR Attack Board from CPR Command System gives you a tool to master this task. The rigid, dry-erase board provides the means to record and organize the many team members and jobs required during CPR. Fields allow you to note who managed the airway, times of defibrillations, IV/IO access, medication administration that’s accompanied by a checklist for the reversible causes of Hs and Ts, and key actions for care following return of spontaneous circulation.

Prehospital CPR Attack Board from CPR Command System

Size: 9″ x 12.5″
Weight: 1 lb.
Price: $39.99

Be Seen & Be Warm

Finding a jacket that works well in a variety of weather conditions is a blessing. It’s the Goldilocks effect: Some jackets are too warm, some are too cold, but it’s wonderful when you find one that’s just right. The new 4670 High Visibility Fleece Jacket from Blauer is lightweight and can be zipped into a heavier outer garment when facing harsh weather. It will keep you warm and visible when you need something to break the chill. Features include color blocking with reflective details, a full-length zipper to keep the wind and rain out, zippered chest and hand warmer pockets, side zippers to allow access to portable radios or other items on your duty belt, and elastic cuffs and waistband for a comfortable fit. The hi-vis version meets the ANSI 107-2010 Class II standard.

4670 High Visibility Fleece Jacket from Blauer

Colors: Hi-vis yellow, blue, red
Sizes: XS-5XL
Lengths: Short, regular, tall
Price (MSRP): $154.99

Broadband for the Road

Communication technology developments in the late 1960s were key to allowing pioneering paramedics to becomes the eyes and ears of emergency physicians in the field. We’ve come a long way from the barely portable boxes that could transmit an ECG as well as voice. Today’s ambulances and EMS vehicles have the ability to be tracked in real time, communicate via secure text message and transmit real-time video from the patient compartment to the receiving facility. The new AirLink MP70 LTE Vehicle Router from Sierra Wireless features up to 300 Mbps downlink speeds over LTE-Advanced, and up to 1.3 Gbps over 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit 4-port Ethernet. The AirLink MP70 can host up to 128 simultaneous Wi-Fi clients, and connect multiple applications in and around the vehicle, including laptops, DVRs and tablets, in addition to providing live video streaming, and rapid and secure access to remote databases. GPS functionality tracks satellites on multiple networks, allowing accurate reception and position fixing in areas of traditionally poor coverage.

AirLink MP70 LTE Vehicle Router from Sierra Wireless

Dimensions: 7.5″ x 1.75″ x 4.1″
Weight: 1.68 lbs.
Voltage: 7-36 V
Operating Temp: -22°F to 158°F
Price: Call for price

O Say Can You See … That Hard-to-See Vein?

Seasoned paramedics excel at gaining IV access on the sickest patients, in the worst conditions and often in a moving ambulance. Attaining that expertise takes practice and persistence—with a bit of patient discomfort along the way. The new Paramedic Vein Glasses from O2Amp are an ingenious way to improve your IV access skills. They’re designed by CalTech and Princeton scientists to enhance visibility of veins even under adipose tissue—and they really do work! The Vein Glasses are best used in bright sunlight at first so you can notice the difference with the glasses and without. Once you see the difference you can then use them with a bright flashlight and have nearly the same visibility. They won’t work if you’re color blind. In that instance you’ll want to try the Oxy-Iso glasses.

Paramedic Vein Glasses from O2Amp

Color: Pink
Size: One size
Prescription available: Yes
Price: $97.00

German-Engineered EMS Bag

Manufacturing EMS bags isn’t easy. Our needs are as specific as they are varied. And that’s the problem for manufacturers. What we carry is very specific as to its size, weight and protection requirements and it has a great deal of variation depending on which vendor we purchase our supplies from. Are drugs in ampules, vials, prefilled syringes or Bristoject? Does your bag-valve mask collapse for a smaller storage footprint? Do you carry 1,000 mL or 500 mL IV bags? These are some of the choices we make that EMS bag vendors have to account for in their design process. The new Dresden EMS Bag from Pax takes many of these variables into account and the result is a brilliant example of German engineering and design. The internal compartments are variable in size, internal pockets are color coded, and the external fabric resists fluids for ease of cleaning.

 Dresden EMS Bag from Pax

Dimensions: 15.7″ x 24.4″ x 15.7″
Weight: 6.3 lbs.
Volume: 421 cu in
Price: $267.00
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