EMS World

MAR 2018

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PRODUCT APPLICATIONS FROM THE FIELD SPONSORED CONTENT 54 MARCH 2018 | EMSWORLD.com When first responders are called to remote environments, the Journal of Special Opera- tions Medicine's Advanced Tactical Paramedic Protocols Handbook is a trusted resource for tactical casualty care instructions. Audiences include military, law enforcement, and rural EMS providers. JSOM is an academic, peer- reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal devoted to special operations medicine, including the tactical casualty care practiced in remote and austere environments. Robert Miller, chief innovation officer for North American Rescue (NAR), a South Carolina-based provider of casualty care solutions for military and healthcare providers, relies on JSOM and the Advanced Tacti- cal Paramedic Protocols Handbook (ATP) for timely and current changes to the guidelines covering tactical combat casualty care and the rationale behind them. "The JSOM and ATP are utilized at NAR to ensure we're on the leading edge with respect to protocols, procedures, and the most recent and relevant medical content as it pertains to product development and prac- tice," says Miller, who heads new product development at NAR. "These publications allow NAR and its staff a first-hand view of the thoughts and direction of special operations medicine." The handbook contains the United States Special Operations Com- mand (USSOCOM) tactical trauma protocol; tactical emergency medi- cal protocol; canine TCCC; a recommended drug list (which covers side effects/adverse effects/contraindications/warnings, adult and pediatric dosages, and relevant protocols); burn, nerve, military acute concussion evaluation (MACE) and prehospital combat medic/corpsman algorithm charts, all of which are approved for use by the ATP. "JSOM is considered the gold standard when it comes to special opera- tions medicine," says Miller. "This publication allows readers access to the thought leaders within SOF medicine; many of the ideas and meth- ods discussed become standard in the future. Access to this publication facilitates an increase in individual awareness, group discussions, and early adoption of best practices." The JSOM's Advanced Tactical Paramedic Protocols Handbook was implemented by the USSOCOM surgeon's office in 2007. Guidelines in the handbook are created, compiled, and reviewed annually by the Cur- riculum and Examination Board, which consists of a combined group of special operations physicians, advanced tactical paramedics, special operations forces medical personnel from all USSOCOM component branches, and civilian medical personnel working to ensure that special ops personnel have the most highly trained medical care in the field. Visit www.jsomonline.com Circle 24 on the Product Information Card An Evidence-Based Source for Tactical and Austere Medicine Every day EMS professionals are called to lift fallen patients, meaning agencies face the daily challenge of work- force safety. The repetitive nature of lifting can cause injury and subsequently lost work days. Mangar's ELK lifting cushion reduces injury risk by minimiz- ing the amount of manual handling required. The compact, portable, and battery-powered lifting cushion inflates at a push of a button, raising patients from the floor to a seated position. This makes it easy for them to be transferred off or stand. Chris Mulberry, assistant chief paramedic of Platte Valley Ambulance Service in Colorado, says his agency uses the lifting cushion and is very satisfied with the results. "The nice part is that it's not big or heavy and can be used anywhere," he says. The ELK can be used to lift patients of any age and weighing up to 1,000 lbs. It provides a comfortable, stable, and, most important, dignified lift. Chris Lokits of Louis- ville Metro EMS says the cushions have been "a blessing." "When doing a lift assist by myself, I'm confident I can suc- cessfully get the patient up without hurting them or myself," he says. Mulberry says the cushion is especially useful when han- dling older patients. "With elderly patients, some have more fragile skin because of the medications they take," he says. "The cushion makes the lift safer and more comfortable because we don't need to grab or yank the patient." Lokits says some elderly patients had concerns at first that the cushion was not stable, but after a short explana- tion those concerns subsided. The ELK can be used indoors or outdoors, and it's par- ticularly useful if someone has fallen in a confined space. Providers can shimmy or roll a patient onto the cushion, and once correctly positioned the ELK is inflated using a handset. Providers no longer have to deadlift patients, reducing the risk of injury. Even though some contact with the patient is still required, Lokits says the product increases safety for both the patient and the provider. "With a decrease in [injuries on duty] and worker's compensation claims, I believe this device will soon pay for itself. It's invaluable." Visit www.mangarhealth.com Circle 31 on the Product Information Card Safe, Dignified Patient Lifting

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