Tourniquet Use Urged in Public-Safety Push
In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities from mass casualty events, the White House Administration is leading a campaign to make emergency kits stocked with tourniquets and other hemorrhage control equipment, as commonplace as heart defibrillators (AEDs) in U.S. schools, airports, stadiums, and other public places. PerSys Medical recommends all public facilities contain some form of hemorrhage control, even for civilian and first responders.
Recently, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina placed over 150 hemorrhage control kits – which include tourniquets – throughout terminals, baggage claim, and security checkpoints. Similarly, schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, and New York have placed tourniquets in classrooms and school offices, and provided training for teachers and nurses on proper tourniquets usage.
The White House sees this as a public-education campaign, similar to efforts persuading civilians to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At present, the hemorrhage control kit campaign is in its infancy, however, the ultimate goal is for tourniquet use and public availability to become as commonplace and heart defibrillators.
Blizzard Survival™ Blanket in Action on Helimeds
The Blizzard Survival™ Blanket was shown in action on a recent airing of Helimeds, a Welsh television program which follows the life saving work of Wales Air Ambulance helicopter crews. The blanket’s versatility was put on display, as it was used to stabilize a victim of head trauma, rather than traditional hypothermia.
Hypothermia – More Than Just Cold Weather
The critical incident begins around the 12 minute mark, as a young man slips into shock after suffering head trauma and blood loss due to electrocution, rendering his body unable to regulate its core temperature. Recognizing this life threatening condition, the Air Ambulance crew cocoons him in a Blizzard Survival Blanket in an effort to maintain his core body temperate and prevent the onset of trauma-induced hypothermia.
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Equipped with Reflexcell technology which traps warm air within its metalized cellular network, Blizzard Survival Blankets are over 400% warmer than blankets made of synthetic material and 150% warmer than down-insulated garments and bags. Blizzard Survival products are the most effective and direct route for patient stabilization and, as evidenced by this episode of Helimeds, serve a life saving function beyond traditional hypothermia.
The PerSys S.O.S. – Compact without the compromise
Introducing the PerSys S.O.S.™, an advanced occlusive dressing developed for the treatment of open chest wounds and for the prevention of tension pneumothorax.
Small in size, secure in strength
The PerSys S.O.S.™ utilizes an ultra-strong, medical-grade hydrogel adhesive which clings to skin despite blood, sweat, hair, sand, or water. The dressing’s four vent design allows for one-way airflow out of the chest cavity during exhalation, while preventing airflow into the chest cavity during inhalation.
Unlike more complicated “valve systems” which are prone to clogging, the rugged simplicity of the S.O.S. stands up to water, sand, mud, debris, and bodily fluids. The dressing’s compact packaging and 3 year shelf life make it an ideal component of any kit.
PerSys Medical Releases the 4BC Kit
Over 35% of pre-hospital deaths and at least half of traumatic deaths within 24 hours of hospitalization are due to blood loss. Most of these cases are potentially preventable. Advanced emergency services could support casualties in these situations and save many lives, but, unfortunately, a professional caregiver might not get to a casualty on time. For instance, a person after a car crash, trapped and heavily bleeding, would need aid in the first few critical minutes; without proper immediate care, this person could die before an ambulance arrives.
Introducing the 4BC Kit
The 4BC Kit is ideal for law enforcement personnel for self-aid or buddy aid or for situations in which the police are the first responders, like in most accidents or violent events. In such cases, the police can control a victim’s bleeding until the EMS services get there without wasting valuable time. Paramedics may and most likely arrive promptly to a scene, but lives can be saved in those critical minutes leading up to their arrival.
The kit includes four essential items for the treatment and stopping of bleeding: a tourniquet, a hemostatic gauze, an Emergency Bandage®, and gloves. These items have proven to be very effective in controlling and stopping heavy bleeding and have been used by soldiers on the battlefield and by EMS personnel. Now, the 4BC Kit offers lifesaving equipment to anyone, not just EMS personnel.
Simply Designed for Immediate Use
The 4BC Kit, with its compact size and easy to follow instructions, is the optimal solution for every law enforcement officer faced with an emergency medical situation involving blood loss. By creating a packaging based solution that is much more friendly and practical to the user, we can help everyone save lives.
Texas Tactical Paramedics Play a Vital Role
The advances in battlefield medicine in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade have begun to make their way to the law enforcement and police personnel who protect the US homeland. PerSys Medical has been proud to develop medical kits for the Texas Chief of Police Association as well as multiple other Law Enforcement and Tactical EMS units. Our WoundStop line of products was designed to provide police and EMS personnel with a cost effective bandage with the same capability of those found on the battlefield, based on the award-winning Emergency Bandage® pressure bandages.
In a recent article on Officer.com, the Corpus Christi Tactical EMS team describes the foundation of their group and the need for combat care in the United States.
The group of paramedics was assembled in 1998 to aid a critical need for timely responses to personnel injured on the job, battalion chief Mickie Flores said.
The standby medics are a key component to a response system that this year saved a police officer’s life.
Valdez and firefighter Randy Lopez were honored for their roles in a Feb. 19 raid during which three officers were shot. Officer Andrew Jordan was the most critically injured.
Valdez received the department’s Medal of Honor — the highest award given to a survivor of a hostile encounter — for leaving a safe coverage area to help Jordan when bullets pierced his leg and forearm during the narcotics raid.
Lopez, 32, received the life saving award for getting Jordan to an ambulance within three minutes of being shot.
And much like his career shift 11 years ago, Valdez said his and Lopez’s presence at the raid was not planned.
Tactical EMS members are on call during days off from the department. They are rarely called into action when working a firefighter shift, but Feb. 19 was an exception as both were on the schedule.
PerSys Medical manufacturers and sells a large line of hemorrhage control bandages, including The Emergency Bandage, as well as various medical kits designed for first-responders and gunshot trauma.
Are U.S. Soldiers Dying From Survivable Wounds?
In a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, the pace at which modern combat casualty care is advancing was called into question. In a 2012 study by Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the study concluded that conventional forces may experience increased casualties and preventable deaths as compared to special forces. The Army Rangers special forces adopted The Emergency Bandage by PerSys Medical in 2001, becoming the standard for care in 2002.
Nearly a quarter of Americans killed in action over 10 years—almost 1,000 men and women—died of wounds they could potentially have survived. In nine out of 10 cases, troops bled to death from wounds that might have been stanched. In 8%, soldiers succumbed to airway damage that better care might have controlled. “Obviously one death or one bad outcome is too many, but there are a lot of them,” said one of the researchers, John Holcomb, a former commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research.
Indeed, a new internal report concluded that the military still hasn’t fully adopted battlefield aid techniques that could have kept many wounded men alive in Afghanistan. Some of those techniques have been used to great effect—often with little extra cost—by elite commando units, such as the Army Rangers, for more than a decade, say active-duty and retired military trauma specialists.
With a wide range of pressure bandages and hemorrhage control products, PerSys Medical is committed to helping stop preventable deaths due to bleeding. As the premiere product of the industry, the Emergency Bandage has revolutionized combat care and continues to grow in adoption around the world.
Intraosseous Devices Sees Use in Ebola Cases
Ebola is one of the world’s biggest viral threat since the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, likely affecting over 25,000 people1. However, the battle against Ebola is being won as more and more caretakers have been placed in regions of Africa such as Sierra Leone and Liberia to treat patients. One of the biggest complications associated with treating Ebola is fluid loss due to fever, diarrhea and vomiting. Methods of care have necessitated distributing fluids to patients to deliver antibiotics, antimaliarial treatments, as well as vitamin and mineral replacements. Just recently, Parthers in Health (PIH), an international healthcare organization, was deployed in Port Loko in Sierra Leone and placed what may be the first intraosseous line in the history of Ebola treatment and saved the life of an infant girl named Jariatu2. This marks a turning point and medical breakthrough for the future of Ebola treatment.
Since achieving an IV line isn’t always an option, the intraosseous route (through the bone marrow) offers an alternative solution to delivering fluids to Ebola patients. The story of Jariatu is one of hopefully many more survival stories to come and demonstrates the need for healthcare workers to have the right tools and strategies for caring for the victims of this life-threating disease. PerSys Medical offers the NIO, a safe, easy to use intraosseous infusion device that effectively facilitates the delivery of fluid and drugs to the bone marrow, as an alternative option when the intravenous route is inaccessible. Research has proven the NIO to be up to 98% effective with an extensive focus on consistent application and ease-of-use. PerSys Medical joins the fight in the battle against Ebola with the hope of saving more lives and tackling one of the world’s deadliest diseases.
For more information on the NIO, visit www.nio-pm.com
- World Health Organization: Ebola data and statistics
- Denver Post: Ebola battle is not over