EMS Agencies are increasingly facing new challenges everyday. One of the great things about conferences like EMS Today is that it brings people together who may have faced similar challenges and are able to offer potential solutions. The other great thing is the ability to have some hands on time with products from companies of all sizes that can offer improvements to solutions we may have already developed.
Here are my personal top 3 product picks from the show:
With the growing obesity epidemic EMS agencies are seeing more and more bariatric patients. The Bariatric Equalizing Abdominal Restraint (B.E.A.R.) is a device to help improve how EMS agenices handle this literally growing crisis. The device can be attached to a regular stretcher and wraps around the patient’s abdominal mass to help stabilize the patient with the center of gravity. What really impressed me about this is that the way it secures the patient’s mass is more enveloping than even on a specialized bariatric stretcher. Additionally, with the B.E.A.R. onboard you don’t necessarily need that more expensive specialized stretcher.
Check out their instructional video:
There are two things I liked about the Hurl-e©. First was the ability to hang around the neck from an impaired patient. There is a huge need for this ability working at venues where there is a mass gathering such as sporting events or concerts. Usually a red bag has to fill the need, but this is both much neater and better designed for use in such a setting especially with the second feature of a flat bottom. This makes it easier to be able to set the container down before moving them over from a chair to the stretcher.
Check out their deployment video:
I have to be honest, and Medic Trommashere may take me to task for this, but I am not a fan of trauma shears. It always seems that after three or four uses they either lose their potency or they get lost themselves. So I am always looking for something to replace them. This year I found the Talon Rescue Emergency Clothing Knife (TRECK). This is actually a pretty cool lightweight device that is easy to use while maintaining a higher level of safety for both you and the patient than trauma shears offer.
Check out their “how to” video:
I wonder how long until they make one in hot pink?
Do you think there is a place for these products in your service? Are there other products that you would want to use? Let us know…