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Hands On Product Reviews December 2017

Issue 12 and Volume 42.

Stethoscope Safe Storage

The stethoscope is one of the tools we use on almost every patient. Some EMS providers carry a stethoscope draped around their neck, others in their pants pocket or in their first-in bag. The problem with storing a stethoscope in a first-in bag is the high probability of something breaking the diaphragm and rendering it useless as an assessment tool. Firefighter paramedic Greg Sumner invented Stethosafe after getting tired of finding broken stethoscopes in his airway bag. Stethosafe is like a helmet for your stethoscope; the rigid plastic cover quickly slips around the stethoscope head to prevent damage. A lanyard lets you attach the Stethosafe inside your bag, allowing you to just pull the stethoscope free for rapid deployment.

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Color: Orange

Fits: Sprague Rappaport; Littmann Cardiology III and IV; ADC Adscope 604, 605, 641, 647 and 675; ADC Proscope 640

Price: $9.95

www.stethosafe.com

407-432-1233

 

Save Your Antenna

Handheld portable radios are a lifeline for EMS crews. If you’re working in a 9-1-1 service, each crew member should have their own portable radio. Portable radio functionality is increased using a lapel mic. The lapel mic puts the speaker closer to your ear and allows you to keep both hands free except when transmitting. One problem encountered with lapel mics is where to stow the mic when the radio is in the charger or not being worn. The mic often gets clipped to the antenna, which can break the antenna and places the radio out of service. The new APeX Clip is designed to fit Motorola APX series radios. It slides over the antenna and provides a tab to secure the mic. The APeX clip can then be flipped out of the way when you move the mic to your lapel for normal operations. It’s also available with custom imprints and colors for department and job duty designations.

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Colors: Black, orange, yellow, green, glow in the dark

Price: $9.95-$12.95

www.apexclip.com

 

Bright by a Mile

The improvements in LED light output and battery efficiency have revolutionized emergency lighting and flashlights. The new BT2+ by FoxFury is a professional search light that can project a beam up to one mile. The 700-lumen light is powered by four AA batteries and is also available as a rechargeable model. The deep, parabolic reflector delivers a tight beam, and the rugged case is designed to withstand frequent drops and rough conditions. There are three output modes: 700 lumens maximum, 350 lumens, and a flashing 700-lumen beacon. A beefy, stainless steel clip secures the BT2+ to your gear and a split ring/carabiner lets you quickly hang the light where needed.

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Colors: Black, orange

Output: 700 lumens; 350 lumens

Power: 4 AA batteries

Run time: Up to 8 hours

Price: $195.99

www.foxfury.com

844-369-3879

 

Stick Your Standardized Patients

The more realistic the simulation the better the learning experience. Although high-fidelity simulators are loaded with features, they’re still made of plastic. Patient actors, known as standardized patients, allow students to practice all-important skills of communication and body language assessment. The new Lance MT from Remedy Simulation Group enhances activities using standardized patients by allowing students to practice checking blood sugar in real time. Instructors simply fill the reservoir in the fingertip with test solution and place the fingertip over the standardized patient’s finger. Instead of the instructor giving students the measurement, students use the glucometer and get the result in real time. Each kit contains three fingertips.

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Skin tones: Light skin or dark skin

Capacity: 1.5-2.0 mL

Price: $95.00

www.remedysim.com

267-884-0684

 

Help with the Big O2 Lift

Back injuries are a common career ender for EMS providers. Replacing onboard oxygen cylinders on the ambulance is one of the most difficult lifting duties encountered on the job: a steel H cylinder weighs 72 lbs. and the M cylinder weight 111 lbs. Although our patients are often heavier than that, oxygen cylinders have no handholds and usually need to be lifted by a single person. The new E-Z O2 Lift from Braun Industries is an option for Braun ambulances that eliminates the need to lift heavy O2 cylinders. Powered by a nitrogen gas spring, the door-mounted E-Z O2 Lift is operated by a single lever. Simply step on the baseplate and turn the lever to lower the unit to ground level. Once you swap out the cylinders, turn the lever again and the cylinder raises into position.

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Capacity: H and M cylinders

Price: Call for pricing

www.braunambulances.com

877-344-9990

 

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