• EMS World 2012 Innovation Awards

    The 2012 EMS World Expo saw us back in the Big Easy, where the folks from New Orleans EMS rolled out the red carpet and showcased all they have achieved since Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. Attendees participated in a wide range of continuing education classes, while also experiencing the latest EMS products, technologies and services on display in the exhibit hall. Read on to find my top 20 product picks and innovations from this year’s show. —Mike Smith, BS, MICP, EMS World Editorial Advisory Board

  • pNeuton Mini Ventilator from Airon Corporation

    pNeuton Mini Ventilator from Airon Corporation
    With the delivery of the pNeuton mini transport ventilator from Airon Corporation, EMS providers everywhere can cease being the tool and let this amazing device take over
    If you want to talk about the most difficult skill in prehospital care, ventilating a neonate has got to be close, if not on the top of, most EMS providers’ lists. Attempting to maintain an adequate seal and proper anatomical positioning, while at the same time delivering the appropriate volume at the appropriate rate, graphically illustrates why this skill is considered so challenging. With the delivery of the pNeuton mini transport ventilator from Airon Corporation, EMS providers...
  • Airtraq Avant from Airtraq, LLC

    Airtraq Avant from Airtraq, LLC
    What makes the Airtraq Avant unique is the extraordinary drop in cost from previous video intubation models
    The jump from performing orotracheal intubation using traditional laryngoscopy to guided video intubations is what the business world calls a “paradigm shift.” Though logic dictates that better visualization would improve intubation success rates, initial acceptance of this “new way” was slow. I believe that was secondary to high costs and the required modification of technique. The modification of technique is a necessity in making this technology work. At first the device seems a...
  • SmartBaby from Ambu SmartMan

    SmartBaby from Ambu SmartMan
    When you complete a cycle of pediatric CPR training, the SmartBaby provides an overall evaluation of skill performance
    One of the most valuable elements of simulator training is being able to practice skills that are almost never used in the real-world setting. There is no greater example than that of pediatric CPR. With no pathophysiology to impact them at such an early stage in life, pediatric patients rarely need CPR. For example, with my paramedic program, 24 students will rotate through over 14,000 hours of supervised in-field time, and if there are two pediatric CPR events per year, that is unusual. Many...
  • Rescuer Emergency CPAP System from BLS Systems Limited

    Rescuer Emergency CPAP System from BLS Systems Limited
    The Rescuer Emergency CPAP System is a nicely executed blend of efficiency and effectiveness
    In the 40 years I’ve been in EMS, the addition of CPAP to our toolbox is one of the most important innovations. Especially in regard to patients with congestive heart failure or COPD, the literature tells us that intubations drop as much as 40%–70% once CPAP is put into play as an intervention. What you get first and foremost with the Rescuer Emergency CPAP System is a low-cost, single patient-use device. The highly efficient design allows for longer cylinder life, running on as little...
  • Introcan Safety 3 Closed IV Catheter from B. Braun Medical, Inc.

    Introcan Safety 3 Closed IV Catheter from B. Braun Medical, Inc.
    The innovative design of the Introcan Safety 3 Closed IV Catheter is the integrated stabilization platform
    Without question, one of the highest risk areas in prehospital medicine occurs when establishing vascular access with a needle through a catheter device. Because the skin must be punctured to gain access to a vein, an exposed needle is required and that, in and of itself, presents a risk that can’t be eliminated. What can be done is to limit the amount of time the needle tip is exposed after the venipuncture is complete, and then effectively eliminate the puncture risk. With the...
  • Board Armor—The Patented Backboard Cover

    Board Armor—The Patented Backboard Cover
    Board Armor is a well thought out product that provides a valuable function for patients and providers alike
    When confronted with a seriously traumatized patient who requires spinal motion restriction, you often end up with a spineboard covered with “mud, blood and beer.” Getting the board back in service is no five-minute deal, as you attempt to get the nooks and crannies cleaned up and deconned. Thanks to the folks at Board Armor, you can make the board clean-up project a thing of the past. Board Armor is a patented, disposable backboard cover that comes packaged in a recyclable plastic bag and...
  • Braun Signature Series from Braun Industries

    Braun Signature Series from Braun Industries
    If your service is in the market for a new rig or two, you need look no further than the Signature Series
    When I first walked up to the Braun Industries booth to check out their new Signature Series ambulance, I literally stopped in my tracks when I saw the breathtaking rig gleaming in front of me. The white paint job was flawless, and the chrome handles just iced the cake. It’s rare that I would use the word “beautiful” to describe an ambulance, but that’s the word that fits. The Signature Series from Braun Industries is the company’s newest model and truly represents the pinnacle of...
  • Caesar from CAE Healthcare

    Caesar from CAE Healthcare
    In the world of human patient simulators, Caesar stands alone
    In clinical medicine, the ability to simulate certain conditions, especially those that occur infrequently but have acuity requiring high performance, is a must. To really create the “suspension of disbelief” that leads to optimal learning, the simulator needs to go outside the classroom into the real world. With the high tech platform that high fidelity simulators need, “tough” really wasn’t an option, as high-tech often meant fragile. Then came Caesar. This is a simulator begging...
  • EVS 1769 from EVS Ltd.

    EVS 1769 from EVS Ltd.
    If you wish to see what state-of-the-art ambulance attendant seating looks like, look no further than the EVS 1769
    If you wanted to track the evolution of the ambulance attendant seat, you could look at the EVS product line from the last two decades. EVS Ltd. has led the EMS industry almost singlehandedly to where we are today as far as function, comfort, storability and versatility. If you want to experience the perfect marriage of design and function in an ambulance attendant seat, that would be the EVS 1769 with Mobility 1 Tracking. This is an extraordinarily comfortable, well-constructed seat that...
  • PowerTraxx from Ferno

    PowerTraxx from Ferno
    With a bull’s-eye focus on safety, the PowerTraxx has electronic brake locks that secure the tracks whenever you stop during ascent or descent
    If you were looking at a short list of ways to get hurt in EMS, it would include moving patients up or down stairs. Two people, trying to work in a tight physical environment, while lifting or lowering another human being in 6-inch increments, stair by stair, is a sure-fire recipe for lower back or knee disaster. Thanks to the Ferno PowerTraxx, you can toss out the “heave-ho, away we go” game plan, while at the same time keeping your back from getting trashed. What you’ve got here is...
  • The BabyPod from First Line Technology

    The BabyPod from First Line Technology
    The BabyPod is a marvel of design and engineering
    We transport no more precious and fragile cargo in the world of EMS than infants and neonates. This has always been the case throughout the history of modern EMS. That being said, the transport of infants and neonates in most EMS systems is by no means a daily or even weekly event, and in truth, months may pass between infant/neonate calls. When a pediatric call does come in, we’ve typically had to remove the cot and install a specialty mount that would hold what is commonly called a...
  • FASPLINT HalfBack from Hartwell Medical

    FASPLINT HalfBack from Hartwell Medical
    Achieving a blend of function and comfort is one of the characteristics of the FASPLINT HalfBack
    For what seems like forever in EMS years, spine care focused solely on protecting the spine by splinting it in a neutral position. Little thought was given to comfort, as it played a distant second fiddle to keeping the spine in line. Achieving a blend of function and comfort is one of the characteristics of the FASPLINT HalfBack from Hartwell Medical that makes it unique in both what it does and how it does it, i.e., a truly “comfortable” spine care splint. The FASPLINT uses the...
  • ITClamp Hemorrhage Control System from Innovative Trauma Care

    ITClamp Hemorrhage Control System from Innovative Trauma Care
    The ITClamp Hemorrhage Control System stands as one of the most impressive products I have ever seen
    The current model of bleeding control in the U.S. military focuses on addressing what is called the trauma triad of death: acidosis, hypothermia and coagulopathies, a conceptual model credited to Col. John Holcomb, MD. The key to this model is achieving rapid homeostasis, with a driving philosophy that every drop of blood is valuable and, in the short term, irreplaceable. That goal of saving as much blood as possible is much more attainable thanks to an incredibly unique product from...
  • C-Mac Pocket Monitor from KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc.

    C-Mac Pocket Monitor from KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc.
    The C-MAC Pocket Monitor is a must have on any ALS rig
    As I made my way around the exhibit hall doing the interviews and evaluations that would cull the list of the Top 30 Products down to the final list of the Top 20, I couldn’t help but notice that the product I was going to see at the KARL STORZ booth was lying submerged in a bowl of water, where it remained for three days. I think that’s pretty remarkable since it is a laryngoscope with a video monitor. As evidenced by the extended dunk time, close examination reveals the outstanding...
  • HeartStart FR3 from Philips Healthcare

    HeartStart FR3 from Philips Healthcare
    Building on pioneering technology, the HeartStart FR3 is what happens when you take excellence and refine
    Without question, the AED is one of the most significant medical advances of this century. Then to take the operational skill that once upon a time was performed only by physicians and make it a skill that even a grade-school child could do represented another quantum leap. All that remained was to take the hardware and tighten up its performance to really bring this essential medical intervention home. That third step has not just occurred, it has occurred big time with the delivery of the...
  • Pro Sports EMS Spineboard from Progressive Medical International

    Pro Sports EMS Spineboard from Progressive Medical International
    The Pro Sports EMS Spineboard is a unique specialty device that will better help meet patient care needs
    To be honest, I’m surprised at how long it has taken for someone in the industry to address this issue. In the same breath, I’m not surprised that PMI brought the solution to the table in conjunction with the Rapid Deployment Pro Sports EMS company. The problem: using standard-size long spineboards to immobilize professional athletes. The solution: the Pro Sports EMS Spineboard. At first glance you can’t help but notice several unique design features of the Pro Sports EMS Spineboard...
  • Rapid Pad System from Ready Electrodes, LLC

    Rapid Pad System from Ready Electrodes, LLC
    With the introduction of the Rapid 12 Lead Pad System, we can shave valuable time off the cardiac care time clock
    As EMS providers, we find ourselves challenged to provide emergency cardiac care in every possible environment. Relative to death of cardiac muscle, time is truly of the essence. Irrespective of whether we are performing an evaluation or intervention, the clock does not stop ticking, thus we are continually challenged to be even more efficient in the realm of time management. With the introduction of the Rapid 12 Lead Pad System from Ready Electrodes, LLC, we can shave valuable time off the...
  • Slishman Traction Splint from Rescue Essentials

    Slishman Traction Splint from Rescue Essentials
    The backbone of the Slishman is a high tensile strength 6061 aluminum framework
    At first glance, you can’t help but notice the sleek look of the Slishman Traction Splint from Rescue Essentials, thanks to the three black satin finished, telescoping aluminum poles that make up the body of the splint. Simply put, you’ve got a very compact and storage-friendly device. How storage-friendly, you ask? The answer would be 22" x 3" x 3". That’s real friendly in my mind. For backcountry or military applications, that minimal size and a weight of just 1lb, 8oz is ideal. The...
  • Power-LOAD from Stryker

    Power-LOAD from Stryker
    Given the cost to an agency for just a single serious back injury, the Power-LOAD from Stryker is a great investment
    As a medic who made more patient loads with “ground lift” cots than I care to remember, the continuing evolution of power cots puts a smile on my face, as I see both the immediate and long-term benefits to EMS providers. Thanks to the creative folks at Stryker, who have taken the next step in back injury prevention with the delivery of the Power-LOAD cot fastener system. In a nutshell, you just pull the cot to the rear of the ambulance and the Power-LOAD does the rest. Using a finger...
  • ZOLL X Series Monitor/Defibrillator from ZOLL Medical Corporation

    ZOLL X Series Monitor/Defibrillator from ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Great technology, advanced functionality and superior connectivity make the ZOLL X Series a sure-fire winner
    One of the first things you notice when you look at the Zoll X Series Monitor/Defibrillator is its remarkably small size. Weighing in at just under 12 lbs, the Zoll X series is about half the size and weight of other competitive full-feature cardiac monitor/defibrillators in the marketplace today. However, its small size does not in any way equate with small performance. Your patient only needs to remain still for three seconds for the X Series to capture a clean 12-lead EKG. ZOLL’s unique...