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MAR 2018

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PRODUCT APPLICATIONS FROM THE FIELD SPONSORED CONTENT 50 MARCH 2018 | EMSWORLD.com Whether lifting a bariatric patient from the floor or navigating an injured pediatric patient through a tight space, EMS providers are prone to suffering immediate or cumula- tive back injuries. In response to this preva- lent issue, the Binder Lift was created to ease the process of patient lifting and handling and prevent serious injury. "Many times injury to the patient or pro- vider occurs during a lift that could be safely performed using the Binder Lift," says Andy Ball, paramedic and administrator of Medic One in Jonesboro, Ark. "The Binder Lift pro- vides an inexpensive way to reduce this workplace hazard." The Binder Lift is ergonomically designed to provide the best experience for both the patient and provider. The torso wrap can be rapidly applied to the patient with three buckles, and the leg straps are easily removable. It features a cushioned top for the patient's comfort and between 19–25 handles for multiple personnel to safely lift and carry the patient. "The Binder Lift has performed well in a wide variety of scenarios that present themselves frequently," Ball says, "includ- ing lift assists on uninjured patients, lifting patients safely while keeping them upright, and assisting weaker ambulatory patients through very narrow corridors, tight turns, or other obstacles between the patient and the stretcher." Noting that EMS providers' most common injuries are sprains and strains, Ball says crew members have given positive feedback about the advantages of the Binder Lift, and patients have even called Medic One to com- pliment them on their use of the device. "Throughout our trial experience, we recognized it as the correct tool for the job because of its capability and effectiveness with a variety of patient lift needs," says Ball. "It accommodates patients of many sizes. It is safe and reliable for our team and com- fortable for our patients." Ball appreciates how the Binder Lift is easily stored, easily cleaned, and quickly deployable. Both models of the product are constructed with durable materials and impermeable to bodily fluids, while the nylon model is machine-washable and the vinyl can be simply wiped clean. "Medic One has enjoyed the relation- ship with Rick Binder and the Binder Lift company," says Ball. "They have provided exceptional customer service. Medic One will continue to provide the Binder Lift as a standard tool for each of our teams due to its benefit to our company and communities." Visit www.binderlift.com Circle 22 on the Product Information Card Lifts That Are Better for the Back It was the call no one wants to answer and the victim no one wants to treat: A teen- age gunman opened fire on an elemen- tary school playground in Townville, S.C., in 2016, shooting two students and a teacher. Jacob Hall, 6, was struck in the leg—in the femoral artery. He quickly began losing large amounts of blood. The first rescuer to get to the bleeding boy was Deputy Timothy McCarley of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. Among McCarley's gear was a Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) from North American Rescue. He quickly applied it high on Hall's leg, controlling the hemorrhage before Hall was removed for further care and McCarley went on to help others. Jacob didn't make it—he died three days later. But the CAT—as fast and easy to apply in civilian tactical settings as it is in military scenarios—had stabilized him on scene and bought time for a hospital team to try. It did what tourniquets are supposed to do: give a victim a fighting chance. "I'd gotten there just a little too late, and he'd already lost a little too much blood," says McCarley, "but it gave his family a little more time with him." Settings like Townville are where the CAT—the official tourniquet of the U.S. Army, shown 100% effective at occluding blood flow in both the upper and lower extremities—really demonstrates value. Developed for rapid one-handed applica- tion, it uses a windlass system with a pat- ented free-moving internal band that pro- vides true circumferential pressure. NAR's signature Red Tip Technology ellip- tical tab visually facilitates application of the device. The CAT was named the best prehospital tourniquet by the Journal of Trauma in 2008. In Anderson County, all deputies get them; McCarley carries several, including one on his ballistic vest. "It's easy to just snatch it off my vest and apply it," he says. "It works just as well on a kid as it does an adult." NAR also offers accessories such as cases and carriers and multi-item first aid and bleeding-control kits. Visit www.narescue.com Circle 17 on the Product Information Card Tourniquet Gives Trauma Victims a Fighting Chance

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