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Med Sled – Vertical Lift Rescue Litter

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Another one of the products I got a chance to check out during the Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo last week is Med Sled. It’s an evacuation sled for patients. In particular, this is the Vertical Lift Rescue variant.

Right off the bat, I need to acknowledge the elephant in the room. If you know anything at all about tactical medical equipment, you’re going to take one look at this and say to yourself, “Skedco,” which has dominated the market for decades. The reality is that both use a large HDPE plastic sheet and lots of webbing. The difference, is how each one of those products uses those materials.

The Sled Sled relies on the plastic to bear weight, with the strap system connected to the sheet. Med Sled supports the patient via the webbing which weaves in and out of the plastic. The plastic works to protect the patient from abrasion from ground and webbing alike. When in the vertical lift mode, the patient is secured in the seat seen in the photo below which easily straps into place. The straps all terminate at a bridle at the head of the litter.

They are available in 28″ and 36″ versions. Additionally, they offer an instant float system which straps right onto the litter and actuated via CO2 cartridges.

This video is long, but it is the training video for the Med Sled VL.

The Med Sled 36 VL has NSN 6350-01-608-3195. Med Sled product are available for Unit and Agency purchase through ADS.

Ranger Whole Blood Program wins an Army’s Greatest Innovation Award

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
(Photo Credit: 75th Ranger Regiment)

(Photo Credit: 75th Ranger Regiment)

Yesterday, the Army Materiel Command recognized the 75th Ranger Regiment’s ROLO or Ranger O Low Titer Whole Blood Program as the individual military winner of the US Army’s Greatest Innovation Award at the Association of the United States Army Global Warfare Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. The ROLO Program, developed in collaboration with international civilian and military providers of the Trauma Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research, or THOR, Network, was created to bring emergency blood transfusions from the hospital to the field.

Under the program, unit members with O-type blood are identified, and then tested for IgM titers to determine potential donors to be used as the POI, or Point of Injury. Due largely to the efforts of Lt. Col. Andre Cap, Chief of Blood Research at the Army Institute of Surgical Research, and Lt. Col. Jason Corley, Deputy Director of the Army Blood Program, the ROLO Program has been fully implemented at the unit level in just 18 months.

For more information on the US Army’s Greatest Innovation Award Program, visit

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Sometimes at SOTECH, we need to take a break from looking at future tactical systems trends to look back at our history to find some design gems. When we look back at 20 years of design meetings, sample making, teleconferences, field tests, it’s humbling to look back at all the amazing personnel we had the honor of working with as they reshaped military medicine. S.O.TECH of course respects that other companies innovated great IFAK designs during this period, this is just a timeline of ours.

We collected some of our design stories and compiled them here

ADS Presents Phokus Research Group at SHOT Show 2017

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

ADS presents Phokus Research Group displaying their latest trauma kit solutions during the recent SHOT Show.

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Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit Now!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The Blue Force Gear Micro Trauma Kit Now!TM, also known as the Micro TKNTM, is the smallest version of the Trauma Kit Now!TM available on the market. This pack, which is available for purchase filled or unfilled, is designed to hold essential lifesaving gear in a small easy-to-carry pack that takes up minimal space. The supplies inside of the Filled Micro TKNTM include:

-Quick clot combat gauze
-HyFin vent chest seal (2 Seals included)
-Cleer medical trauma bandage 4” flat pack
-Decompression needle
-Six 2in. x 9in. Frog Tape
-Size 28 Nasopharyngeal Airway
-One pair of heavy-duty medical gloves in tan

The Micro TKNTM is constructed to be worn horizontally and is less bulky than the typical pouch, which makes it ideal for everyday carry by law enforcement professionals, low-profile mission sets and prepared civilians. The inner carrier can be easily deployed with one finger or one hand from either the left or right side by pulling the BLIP featured

“Whether downrange, in the hunting field, or in everyday life – Blue Force Gear believes in a mindset of readiness,” said Tom Kaleta, Director of Marketing. “Hunters carry seemingly every device, scent cover, and tool imaginable, but few I’ve ever encountered carry a trauma kit that contains more than a few bandages. This kit takes up very little room, weighs virtually nothing and contains the tools to treat the three most common battlefield injuries. Why would every hunter or shooter not carry a Micro TKNä?”

The Micro TKNTM has two main components: the outer MOLLE or belt-mounted pouch using the Ten-Speed technology; and a removable insert to keep medical supplies organized.

Find technical specs and see a demonstration of Blue Force Gear’s new Micro Trauma Kit Now!TM and other innovative products in booth 31209 at SHOT Show in Las Vegas from Jan. 17–20.

Dark Angel Medical To Introduce Outdoor Adventure Medical Kits At SHOT Show

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Dark Angel Medical, manufacturers of high-quality medical kits and providers of top-tier training in medical response for everyone, have announced that they will be introducing a new line of medical kits geared for the outdoor Adventurer. Equipped with items more focused for the unexpected to take place in the outdoors, the Adventure and Recreation Kit (A.A.R.K.) and the Adventure and Recreation Kit Backpack (A.A.R.K. Pack) will be among many other new items on display at the Dark Angel booth.

A modular kit geared for those who love the outdoors or who just want to be prepared for the unexpected; the A.A.R.K. prepares the carrier for anything from minor scrapes to major trauma. The kit even comes equipped with a Magnesium fire starter, in the event you are stranded overnight and need to keep warm. Designed to fit into the popular D.A.R.K. and D.A.R.K. Slim pouches, the vacuum-sealed insert for the A.A.R.K. comes standard with: Minor Aid Pouch (MAP) with various sized bandages, Hyfin Compact Vented Chest Seals, Nitrile Gloves, QuikClot Bleeding Control Dressing 12’, H&H Mini Compression Bandage, Duct Tape 6’ and two Mylar Blankets. The accessory kit, which comes with every A.A.R.K., includes a SWAT-T, 10’ Mil-Spec Paracord, Signal Mirror, Magnesium Firestarter and a TripleGage Compass/Thermometer/Magnifier.

The A.A.R.K. Pack is a low-vis daypack that can be utilized in virtually any environment. It is the only backpack on the market to have a dedicated, quick open medical pouch designed specifically for A.A.R.K., D.A.R.K. and SLIM pouch inserts, and elastic webbing for a CAT or SOFFT-W.

The pack features a large main compartment, measuring 887.5 cubic inches, fit to hold essential items for any daily adventure; as well as a center zip accessory pocket, equipped with internal admin and organizational pockets, and a concealed holster for your pistol. Made with 500D Cordura® Nylon in Wolf Grey, the pack includes heavy duty zippers, a grab handle for easy carry, sternum strap and a 3L hydration pocket.

In addition to the new adventure line items, Dark Angel Medical will also be highlighting their new low profile, comprehensive trauma kit that’s ready to go in an instant. With a pull of the red grab handle on the V.I.S.R. (Vehicular Individual Safety Rig), you have instant access to everything you would need in an emergency.

Check out Dark Angel Medical in Booth #20068 or online at

The US Army Presents – The Science Behind Why You Should Stop Chugging So Many Energy Drinks

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

The Army posted this article to their website and I thought it was a good share. Any readers drink Energy Drinks? I know some of you guys swear by Rip-Its.

Spc. Kyle Lauth, assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, sips an energy drink before a dismounted patrol through the Hussainiyah town of the Istaqlal Qada district northeast of Baghdad, Dec. 29, 2008. (Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class JB Jaso)

We’ve all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day. At first glance, it seems like a great idea: chug it down and get reinvigorated. But, if you go beyond wanting simply to stay alert and you begin to overindulge, you could wind up doing some serious harm to your body.

Energy drinks became the beverage of choice for many service members during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research analyzed data collected during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2010 and found that nearly 45 percent of deployed service members consumed at least one energy drink daily. Nearly 14 percent reported drinking three or more per day.

Many of the most popular energy drinks are heavily marketed to young people, including military members. The marketing is sexy; the packaging is slick; the flavors are sweet like the fruit drinks that children crave; and the beverages are readily available on military bases and downrange.

But, there are good reasons to avoid overusing energy drinks.


Energy drinks are loaded with caffeine, and too much of it isn’t good for you. Dr. Patricia Deuster, professor and director of the Consortium for Health and Military Performance at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, warns service members to avoid consuming more than 200 milligrams of caffeine every four hours.

“If it’s got more than 200 milligrams of caffeine, don’t use it,” Deuster cautions.

Deuster also warns female service members to exercise caution, noting that the amount of caffeine you ingest relative to your body weight can be an issue for women. “Women get a higher concentration [of caffeine], since they tend to be smaller,” she said.

“Doctors don’t know what the effects of [energy drink] ingredients are in larger doses,” Deuster noted. “I don’t think anybody has an answer to the long-term effects question.”

High amounts of caffeine can lead to increased blood pressure, panic attacks, heart palpitations, anxiety, dehydration, insomnia and even bowel irritability when energy drinks are mixed with alcohol.

What is clear, when it comes to energy drinks, is that consumers need to be more aware of what they’re putting in their bodies.


Energy drinks are loaded with sugar. Some cans pack a punch of 27 grams of sugar, two-thirds of the recommended daily maximum for men, and 2 grams more than the maximum doctors recommend for women. Some service members can double or even triple that if they drink more than one energy drink per day.

The Human Performance Resource Center cautions energy drink users to be aware of the drink’s ingredients. (Photo Credit: Operation Supplement Safety graphic)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping your intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of your total daily calories.

Extra sugar can cause your blood sugar to increase, but even the sugar-free versions of energy drinks can lead to weight gain, as research suggests artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar, too.


Energy drinks have become popular mixers for alcohol, raising other concerns for health experts.

“A lot of the young people mix energy drinks with alcoholic beverages, then you’ve got a wide-awake drunk,” Deuster says.

The CDC warns that when alcoholic beverages are mixed with energy drinks, the caffeine stimulant can mask the effects of the alcohol, which is a depressant. Often, the person drinking might not even realize that he or she is actually drunk.

According to the CDC, that means people who mix alcohol with energy drinks are three times more likely to binge drink than those who don’t mix alcohol with energy drinks. Experts warn motor skills can be affected and some people engage in riskier behaviors while under the influence of alcohol and energy drinks. Additionally, both caffeine and alcohol are diuretics, which can cause dehydration if you’re not careful.

Some companies sell pre-mixed alcoholic energy drinks that have the same sweet or tart flavors as standard energy drinks. As the Army notes, the alcohol content in these beverages can be significantly higher than what’s found in beer.

These energy drinks with alcohol may appeal to underage drinkers because they’re cheaper than hard liquor and they’re marketed with a message that the drinker can last all day or all night long. The sugary nature of the beverages also can lead drinkers to feel like they can imbibe longer than if they were consuming harder alcohol.


Deuster raises concerns about a problem in the military with energy drinks and sleep. The data back up her concerns. While service members may initially use energy drinks to make up for a lack of sleep, they can easily overuse the drinks, leading lead to a harmful cycle. Excess consumption of energy drinks can cause sleep problems and hamper performance.

Dr. Nancy J. Wesensten, from the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neurosciences Research, tells Army Medicine that research on caffeine shows that it can be effective if used properly.

However, Wesensten notes, “because caffeine impairs sleep, individuals should stop all caffeine consumption at least six hours prior to scheduled sleep. Otherwise, sleep could be impaired without the person even being aware of it.”

The CDC reports that service members who drink three or more energy drinks per day were significantly more likely to report sleeping fewer than four hours per night. They were also more likely to report disrupted sleep.

Lack of sleep can impact memory and a service member’s ability to pay attention. Research indicates service members who consumed three or more energy drinks each day also had difficulty staying awake during briefings or on guard duty.

The Army’s Performance Triad offers tips on how to get a better night’s sleep, including controlling light and temperature, and recommends that leaders ensure service members have enough time for quality sleep.


Energy drinks are not regulated as dietary supplements. While the cans have nutrition labels, many do not list supplement information.

One area that’s concerning to Deuster is the ingredient taurine. The chemical compound is an amino acid found in animal tissue. Many energy drink makers purport the ingredient will enhance mental and physical performance, but researchers with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center report that little is actually known about taurine’s neuroendocrine effects.


So what should service members look to for a healthy substitute for energy drinks? Deuster keeps it simple: “Good old water.”

Appealing to service members’ frugality, she adds, “If you want to save money, drink water.”

DOD Funds New Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Consortium

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department will fund an 87-member coalition to develop next-generation manufacturing techniques for repairing and replacing cells, tissues and organs for wounded service members, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics announced Wednesday at the White House.

Frank Kendall introduced the winning consortium, which is led by the nonprofit Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI), headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire. Members of the consortium — from industry, academic and government backgrounds — will serve as part of the new Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or ATB-MII.

The institute is the 12th manufacturing hub awarded by the Obama administration, seven of them so far led by DOD.


Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say the precision and 3D structures made possible through bioprinting are enabling them to more effectively reproduce human physiology outside of the body, which will eventually lead to a better representation of each tissue system that makes up the human body. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Department of Energy)

“Manufacturing is deeply important to national security,” Kendall said, noting that DOD signed a technology-investment agreement Monday with ARMI to establish the institute.

Participating in the selection process were more than 20 technical experts, representing four federal government departments or agencies. Among the DOD representatives were members of five military services and agencies.

“This agreement, awarded by the Army Contracting Command, provides for seven years of operation with financial support supplied by a combination of $80 million in DOD funds and more than $214 million in non-federal cost sharing,” Kendall said.

“This financial support offers ample evidence that industry is fully behind this initiative. This is truly a team effort,” the undersecretary said.


The Advanced Tissue Biofabrication team — organized by ARMI and led by engineer, inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen — consists of 47 companies, 26 academic institutions and 14 government and nonprofit organizations, all supporting the industry-driven nonprofit public-private partnership, Kendall said.

“Members of the partnership include small-through-large businesses, DOD research and development laboratories, public and private universities, research institutions, federal and state government entities and local governments — who are all collaborating to meet future defense and commercial requirements,” he explained.

ARMI will bring current and future members together in a collaborative space in Manchester, Kendall said, and “key state partners in the ATB-MII have pledged substantial support.”

State partners include New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, California, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland.

“I don’t think you want to be left out of this activity,” Kendall said.


The ATB is an investment in manufacturing and testing technologies to advance the state of the art in regenerative medicine, the undersecretary said.

“The ‘why’ for this institute is one that is extremely important to all of us and personal to many of us in the Defense Department — restoring form, function and appearance for our wounded warfighters and changing what is possible for the many Americans who’ve spent far too long on the organ-transplant waiting list,” he added.

The institute encompasses state-of-the-art tissue manufacturing, cell and biomaterial processing, 3-D bioprinting, automation and nondestructive testing technologies, Kendall said.

“The biggest challenge to widespread availability for emerging manufacturing tissue products is in common technologies, processes and standards to advance manufacturing, product testing, quality control, quality assurance and product preservation,” the undersecretary said.


Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say the precision and 3D structures made possible through bioprinting are enabling them to more effectively reproduce human physiology outside of the body, which will eventually lead to a better representation of each tissue system that makes up the human body. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Department of Energy)

It’s necessary, Kendall said, to create and sustain an industrial commons — a foundation of knowledge and capabilities — “for the ATB-MII to advance the standardization of tissue products and processes for widespread use across industries in areas such as cell therapies, engineered replacement tissue and biopharmaceutical products.”

Scaling up manufacturing processes to produce cells, tissues and organs at scale “will catalyze disparate supply-chain elements and enable novel products for the Defense Department and the larger health-care sectors,” he added.

The challenge is amplified in medicine, Kendall said, because of the complexities of scaling and, especially, the unique nature of tissue engineering.


Kamen’s inventions include the Segway human transporter, the first drug-infusion pump, portable dialysis machines, a water purifier, an all-terrain electric wheelchair and — working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — the DEKA-Luke prosthetic arm.

At the White House, Kamen described the development of the arm technology, which is now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as “making arms for some of these young [military] heroes who desperately need and deserve something more than a stick with a hook on it.”

Referring to the science infrastructure scientists require in order to turn their research into useful products, Kamen said, “We can supply essentially what the printing press did to get all these ideas to the world that needs them. We need to essentially make the printing press for the world of regenerative medicine.”

And that’s not just an analogy, Kamen added, “It’s a real printing press — we’ll be printing 3-D organs.” Kidneys, he said, may be one of the first organs to be produced.

The inventor said he and his team of engineers will give the scientists the tools they need to turn what is now an incredibly exciting science into an industry “that will meet the needs, first of your soldiers who need skin for burns and organs because of what they lost, but then the rest of the country, and the rest of the world will benefit.”

(Follow Cheryl Pellerin on Twitter: @PellerinDoDNews)

Kit Badger – How To Insert An IV Catheter

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Kit Badger has produced a video on how to start an IV catheter.

So as to not steal their thunder, the video is at the link. However, I want to remind everyone that you should not practice medical procedures without proper training, particularly invasive procedures.

National Tactical Medicine Competition 2017

Friday, December 9th, 2016


NTMC 2017
MAY 21, 2017 – Charlotte, NC

Greetings! We’re happy to announce that enrollment for the 2017 National Tactical Medicine Competition has officially opened. Last year at the 2016 competition, we had several teams compete in the challenge. This year, we’re increasing the stakes and challenging our teams even more.

The National Tactical Medic Competition, is an event created to allow tactical medical providers from around the country, the opportunity to collaborate and compete in a community of peers. Civilian Tactical Medicine is a relatively new topic within the world of pre-hospital medicine. Together with The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, we are creating opportunities to increase awareness, collaboration and training. This competition is a great opportunity to bring like minded individuals together, and support a cause greater than self.

The National Tactical Medic Competition is based on the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Guidelines, all simulated patient care will be inline with the currently approved guidelines. The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care endorses the NTMC.

Proceeds from the Competition will benefit C-TECC, and the improvement of tactical medical care and education.

For more information on signing up to compete as a team, attend as a spectator, or contribute as a sponsor, please visit the competition website.