Columns, Equipment & Gear, Operations

Hands On Product Reviews October 2017

Issue 10 and Volume 42.

Ready-to-Go Training Kits

Your department just decided to enhance the training program and offer certification courses in addition to the required continuing education classes. There are now hundreds of new items on your to-do list: You need to address curriculum, recruiting, staffing, scheduling and ordering the equipment required for the course. The new Loaded ALS, BLS and Medication Training Packs from DiaMedical let you take several items off your to-do list.

Complete and customizable, these packs have everything you need, from airway to Zofran (simulated, of course). The BLS Pack includes a complete set of oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways, adult bag-valve mask, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, glucometer, splinting and bandaging supplies. The ALS Pack adds advanced airway and IV access supplies. The Medication Box has simulated medications in ampule, vial and prefilled syringe packaging. A pediatric training pack is also available.


Price: $476.50 (ALS); $248.50 (BLS); $648.50 (medication)

Maps, Alerts & Comms

Turn-by-turn directions are available through a variety of smartphone apps or separate GPS devices, but do they alert you when you get dispatched? Do they allow an incident commander to give staging and operations orders via a tap of the finger and keep critical radio traffic to a minimum? EnRoutePro 2.0 from Perpetua Technologies is a new app developed for a tablet in the front of an ambulance, fire apparatus, chief’s vehicle or command post.

Developed by Mike Speiser, an established computer programmer who also happens to be a volunteer firefighter with the Lane Fire Authority near Eugene, Ore. Speiser’s insider knowledge of fire ground operations, dispatch and graphical information systems allows commanders and responding units to share a common visual reference, assign units and communicate off radio with dispatchers.


Operating systems: Windows, iOS
Price: From $49/month

Bedside Blood Warming

In treating the trauma patient, we know that severe blood loss needs to be replaced with blood, not crystalloid, and prevention of hypothermia slows the fatal triad of coagulopathy. But how do we quickly get the refrigerated blood up to body temperature in the field? The new Warrior Modular System from QinFlow solves this problem with a compact, battery-powered warmer capable of rates up to 200 mL/min. on battery and 290 mL/min. on AC power.

With a simple, one-button operation, the QinFlow Warrior base plugs in to either the 22.2-volt li-ion battery or a 120-volt AC power supply. A compact or standard sterile, single-use fluid pathway is connected with standard IV tubing and the unit is ready to provide warm fluids for your patient in seconds. The unit may be mounted to IV poles or stretcher rails, and visual and audible indicators alert you to temperature and flow rates.


Weight: 1.54 lbs. (base unit); 1.94 lbs. (22.2-volt battery)
Price: Call for price

BSI for Biohazards

Believe it or not, we EMS folks didn’t always practice body substance isolation (BSI). Prior to the emergence of AIDS and HIV in the late 1980s, the only time EMTs and paramedics wore gloves was to deliver a baby or clean fecal material. Thankfully, we’ve learned a lot since then. Glove manufacturers have been formulating new compounds that feel like latex but are hypoallergenic.

The new LifeStar EC gloves from Microflex are dipped in two colors, so breaches in glove integrity are more noticeable, allowing the provider to re-glove and maintain the protective barrier. The white exterior makes it easy to see blood or other body fluids you come in contact with during your exam. The LifeStar EC has a non-stick formulation so tape and other adhesives are more easily removed. There’s also an extended cuff that provides additional protection for the wrist and lower forearm.


Material: Nitrile
Palm thickness: 0.14 mm
Sizes: S-XXXL
Price: Varies by distributor

Easily Accessible O2

Having a patient in need of oxygen isn’t the time to have to wrestle with a faulty nylon restraining strap or find that the cylinder stored under the bench seat managed to have the valve slightly opened and is now empty. The new Twin Slide-Out “D” Cylinder Bracket from Ziamatic Corp. makes it easy to secure and quickly remove a portable oxygen cylinder.

To secure your cylinder, you simply need to slide it into the bracket until it clicks behind the latch. To release the cylinder, you pull up on the strap to release the latch. Designed for steel “D” cylinders and most regulators, an available mounting stand holds your cylinders at a 45-degree angle for easy access.


Weight: 16.4 lbs.
Color: Green
Price: Call for price