AED Support Kit
As a way to save time and perform more efficiently in the field, Bound Tree Medical offers its AED Support Kit. The kit includes a prep razor, one pair of large nitrile powder-free 9" gloves, a face shield, two 13" x 19" hand towels, two PAWS antimicrobial hand wipes, bandage scissors and a 7–10-gallon biohazard bag, all packaged in a zippered Cordura case with a clear vinyl window. For more information, call 800/533-0523.
Simulaids’ line of CPR manikins includes Brad (an adult model), Kyle (3 yrs.), Kevin (6–9 mos.) and Kim (newborn). Economically priced and designed for instruction, these manikins feature lightweight, rugged foam-filled bodies, personal-use channel mouth/nose pieces for each student, and disposable airways with nonrebreathing valves. A soft carry bag is included. Call 800/431-4310, or visit www.simulaids.com.
AED Trainer Packs
Armstrong Medical introduces the Actar AED Trainer, available in five- and 10-packs to allow multiple students to practice AED training scenarios simultaneously. This both reduces time spent in class and gives students more hands-on training, leading to greater skill and confidence. Students simply follow prompts from the included audio CDs or a conventional AED trainer. The CDs include eight American Heart Association and four American Red Cross scenarios. All scenarios can be practiced for manual or automated defibrillation. Call 800/323-4220, or visit www.armstrongmedical.com.
Lifepak Mounting Brackets
In the case of an accident or sudden stop, your defibrillator could become a dangerous projectile. TMS Medical Technologies offers wall and shelf mounting brackets for the Lifepak 12 AED. These brackets’ steel construction assures security, even in a 12G rollover. Both units feature one-handed quick-release operation. Wall mounts can swivel up to 40° for enhanced viewing. For more information, call 800/374-9798, or visit www.tmsmedtec.com.
AED/CPR Instructor Support
The AED Instructor Foundation supports and assists CPR/AED instructors in preparing their communities and workplaces to provide on-site initial emergency medical care. The Foundation-provides formal instructor Affiliates with free resources,-inexpensive seminars and access to a new low-cost AED (under $1,000) specifically designed for infrequent responders. Membership is free and open to anyone engaged in initial life-support training. Qualified instructors can become Affiliates through the Foundation’s website, www.aedif.org.
For preparing students for emergency situations, Nasco offers the Life/form AED Trainer. Instructors simply push a button to set the sequence of events that will help students learn the appropriate steps to follow in both “shock” and “no shock” situations. The instructor can select from eight AHA-recommended training scenarios. The Life/form is lightweight, compact and comes with reusable pads and electrode sets, a 9V battery and a user’s manual (with optional preplanned simulations). For more information or a free healthcare educational materials catalog, call 800/558-9595, or visit www.eNASCO.com.
Pinnacle Technology’s Tutor XII Advanced is a microprocessor-based system that uses actual patient data, which is digitally stored and grouped into 10 families with a selection of scenarios in each. It is programmable, allowing instructors to create their own scenarios. The unit comes equipped with a remote controller, LCD display that shows the family and scenario currently playing, sound amplifier, breath-sound module, two sounders, two pressure display cables, an AC adapter and a carrying case. For more information, call 800/345-5123, ext. 113, or e-mail email@example.com.
Reconditioned Monitors, Defibs
QualCare Medical provides reconditioned cardiac monitors and defibrillators to EMS providers at 50%–70% off new-equipment prices. It offers Propaq 106EL monitors from Protocol Systems. These lightweight, compact monitors provide ECG, NIBP, SpO2, 2-IBP, temperature and a printer in a rugged, battery-powered design. They are well-suited for air and ground ambulances where size and weight are critical. For more information, call 858/490-1711.
Instructor Training, Equipment
EMS Safety Services provides CPR, first aid, AED and bloodborne-pathogens instructor training, as well as products such as CPR masks, AEDs, first aid and disaster supplies, and training equipment at excellent prices. Training is offered on-site or at EMS Safety Services’ facility in San Clemente, CA; established instructors can be “grandfathered” in. For more information, call 800/215-9555, ext. 105, or visit www.emssafety.com.
Lifesavers, Inc. introduces the all-new Defibtech AED. This biphasic AED is rugged enough for first-response professionals while offering state-of-the-art digital signal processing, advanced ECG analysis and optional seven-year battery. Pediatric pads are now available. Ease of use and affordability make this an AED of choice for EMS, fire and police. For more information, call 866/641-1200, or visit www.lifesaversinc.com.
Pediatric AED Capability
ZOLL Medical Corporation announces a new pediatric capability for its AED Plus for children up to eight years old. This capability includes voice prompts that tell rescuers what type of electrodes—adult or pediatric—are connected. Separate and specific algorithms for adults and children are used to analyze a victim’s heart rhythm. Pediatric-specific energy levels also are incorporated. Electronics in the AED Plus adjust defibrillating energy levels automatically so that suitable doses, when needed, are delivered. For more information, call 800/348-9011, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast Temperature Readings
CAS Medical Systems introduces its latest EMS monitor, the CAS 740 with SureTemp thermometry. SureTemp thermometry provides fast, accurate temperatures in four seconds, making it well-suited for monitoring both patients and providers. Additional parameters include CAS’ proprietary Motion Artifact Extraction (MAXNIBP) technology for fast, accurate blood pressure, and Masimo SET pulse oximetry. For more information, call 800/227-4414, or visit www.casmed.com.
Ambu’s Blue Sensor ECG electrode was developed in close cooperation with the medical community to meet the specialized requirements of EMS by giving a fast, accurate and reliable trace in every application. Features include an offset connector that allows for less artifact and enhanced signal quality; foam backing material that molds to the patient’s body, adding comfort; and aggressive adhesion that sticks to all types of patients with no signal disruption. For more information, call 800/262-8462, ext. 1134.
The American Heart Association offers HeartCode, a new e-learning program for ACLS certification. HeartCode comes in both hospital and prehospital versions; as with all AHA e-learning programs, it includes a skills test. For more information, call 800/242-8721.
ER Simulation Video
A live-action video from Mad Scientist Software, Cardiac Arrest! sharpens users’ ACLS skills in a realistic ER simulation.-It teaches actions for tough clinical problems like hypocalcemia, hyperkalemia, hypothermia, Kawasaki disease and more, and includes 45 patient scenarios, including 15 pediatric (PALS). Cardiac Arrest!-is current to the latest ACLS guidelines and good for 22.5 Category I CME credits. For more information, call 800/250-2988, or visit www.madsci.com.
HeartSine Technologies has just released its newest AED, the Samaritan Public Access Defibrillator. Simple operation and a clear interactive graphic display guide even the most infrequent user through the steps to deliver lifesaving defibrillation therapy. An innovative battery and electrode system reduces maintenance by half and helps ensure optimal readiness. For more information, call 866/HRT-SINE, or visit www.heartsine.com.
LIFEPAK 12 Defibrillator/Monitor Series
Made by Medtronic, a pioneer of defibrillation, the LIFEPAK 12 defibrillator/monitor series was created for EMS and hospital teams. The 12 offers multi-parameter therapeutic and diagnostic functions in a single, portable device. The innovative platform design provides ADAPTIV biphasic technology, industry-standard monitoring, semi-automated and manual defibrillation, and external pacing. Other monitoring functions include capnography, invasive and noninvasive blood pressure, pulse oximetry and 12-lead electrocardiography. Call 800/442-1142, or visit www.medtronic-ers.com.