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INNOVATION AWARDS Rescuer Emergency CPAP System from BLS Systems Limited Introcan Safety 3 Closed IV Catheter from B. Braun Medical, Inc. 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 as 5 lpm, which, by comparison, is much less than a conventional non-rebreather mask. Adjustable forehead pads help provide more patient comfort and less patient anxiety. In addition, the Rescuer Emergency CPAP System features both inhalation and exhalation ﬁlters (3M HEPA), helping protect both the patient and the members of the EMS team. It's easy to place and operate, and features an adjustable PEEP valve, as well as a medication delivery port that does not require interrupting the CPAP process. The Rescuer Emergency CPAP System from BLS Systems Limited is a nicely executed blend of efﬁciency and effectiveness, as it delivers non-invasive ventilator support and controlled airway pressure, while at the same time providing rapid relief for maximum patient beneﬁt with minimal oxygen consumption. All that is wrapped in a low cost and completely disposable package, eliminating the time, cost and aggravation of cleaning or decon. That is nothing but sweet! Visit www.blssystemsltd.com, or call 905/339-1069. 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 introduction of the Introcan Safety® 3 Closed IV Catheter from B. Braun Medical, Inc., the EMS industry has taken steps toward making the process of establishing vascular access much safer. The most signiﬁcant safety feature on the Introcan Safety 3 is clearly the passive safety needle shield. Once a ﬂashback has been obtained and the needle is withdrawn, the needle tip is totally enclosed, eliminating the possibility of a needle stick. In addition, a blood control septum prevents blood from leaking out of the catheter after the needle is withdrawn, greatly reducing the likelihood of blood exposure. The blood control septum allows for multiple accesses for blood tubes or to set up a saline or hep-lock, while still preventing blood leakage. Last but not least on the innovative design of the Introcan Safety 3 Closed IV Catheter is the integrated stabilization platform.This helps improve catheter stability, which in turns helps prevent excessive movement within the vessel and the likelihood of a blown vein. Given the impressive performance capabilities of the device, I think you get a truly value-priced IV catheter that also goes a long way to improving provider safety. What's not to like about that? Circle 56 on Reader Service Card Visit www.bbraunusa.com, or call 800/227-2862. Circle 57 on Reader Service Card Board Armor—The Patented Backboard Cover 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 ﬁveminute 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 deploys in just seconds. The device features Tychem® QC, which is ASTMcertiﬁed for protection against 54 JANUARY 2013 | EMSWORLD.com blood and viral penetration. The Board Armor product line offers two choices: the "Cover Only" package comes with the board wrap only, while the "Cover with Head Blocks" package comes with a head immobilizer included. Board Armor is designed to allow easy access to the lifting handles. In addition, there is no compromise to the spinal motion restriction process. Board Armor is a well thought out product that provides a valuable function for patients and providers alike. Patients get protection from cross contamination from the spine board. Providers, well, you can just put the scrub brush away, and slide on the Board Armor.You will be glad you did, as will your shoulders, elbows and your infection control ofﬁcer! Visit www.board-armor.com, or call 888/358-6288. Circle 58 on Reader Service Card