EMS World

MAR 2018

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SPONSORED CONTENT EMSWORLD.com | MARCH 2018 49 Make sure your next lift isn't your last 62% of EMS workers' back injuries are as a result of patient lifting. To book a demonstration Call 855-9-MANGAR mangarhealth.com or email usa@mangarhealth.com Lift assists are a regular part of the working day but the repetitive nature of the work can cause serious back injury. The Mangar ELK inflatable lifting cushion provides a safe lift from the floor to a chair or stretcher, whilst minimising the risk of back injury to workers. The Mangar ELK is proven to: • Reduce compensation costs • Improve operational efficiencies • Reduce risk of back injury EMS professionals don't have the luxury of extra time or elbow room when caring for patients. The creator of Rescue Essentials' Slishman Traction Splint (STS) understood that and designed the 21-ounce, 23-inch traction splint with operational ease and efficiency at the forefront. "The small form, light weight, ease of carry, and moreover ease of application of the STS make it much better for us than our previous primary traction splint, considering the operating environment of the aircraft, vessels, vehicles, and wide-ranging terrain we work in," says a tactical paramedic and rescue specialist based in Southern Califor- nia (department policy prohibits him from sharing his name and agency). That EMS professional first came across the STS at the Special Operations Medical Association Conference in Tampa several years ago and was quickly impressed. "When Dr. Slishman put it on himself in about 30 seconds, I was sold," he says. Unlike conventional traction splints, which pull distally at the foot to create femur trac- tion, the STS positions its traction mecha- nism at the hip. Traction is provided through the extension of pole segments, which push- es traction along the femur. The unique design offers several ben- efits, including the ability for EMS workers to adjust traction easily in tight spaces. "In a helicopter, where the patient's feet face the tail and head faces forward in the cabin, adjustment is as simple as doing a pull at the hip—without having to move the whole patient to access an adjustment at the feet, like with our previous traction splint," the EMS professional says. A movable lower strap on the splint can be positioned at either the ankle or the high calf, allowing use even with patients who have a lower leg amputation or injury. The STS is also adjustable for both adults and children. Because the compact STS does not extend beyond the foot, clinicians don't have to worry about bumping the traction splint against doors when transporting patients. "It's so much easier than traditional traction splints," the paramedic says. "My coworkers love it too." Visit www.rescue-essentials.com Circle 35 on the Product Information Card Traction Splint Maximizes Ease and Efficiency For More Information Circle 31 on Reader Service Card

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