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SCUBAPRO Sunday – Sea Sickness

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

  Many people suffer from seasickness, especially during your first couple of times being on the water. Once you learn some of the basic tips for dealing with seasickness, it will become more natural and help you to move past having to take anything. A lot of the time, these remedies will be the easiest to implement because they require moving around on the boat.

 First stay ahead of it by taking meds before you go out on the boat. There are a variety of medications that are available to help prevent or treat motion sickness. They need to be taking 1-2 hours before you go out so plan ahead. Medicines for nausea are called antiemetic drugs. They include antihistamines such as Dramamine and scopolamine drugs, which come in pill or patch form and require a prescription.  

Focus on the horizon. By focusing, many people experience the extraordinary power of the brain to overpower the feeling of the waves. Get horizontal and close your eyes. Your ears control balance, but your eyes can deceive you. By adjusting your balance by 90 degrees from standing to laying down and keeping your eyes from paying attention to the rolling motion, your brain can work through the motion more easily.

Keep the fresh air coming. If you are sitting there with the engines running the exhaust air can start to make anyone sick, so try avoiding it as much as possible.

Move to the center of the boat. The rocking motion is typically significantly reduced where the center of gravity for the boat is more defined, so the motion will tend to not be as dramatic in the center of the boat if you are sitting there and can get into the water that will help also.  

      Eat Small Meals and Stay Hydrated. Eating smaller, more frequent treats and drinking water / Gatorade type drinks, will help by putting something in your stomach and also gives you something to do to help take your mind off it.

      Tilt Your Head Into Turns. Synchronizing your body with the motion may help reduce motion sickness. Turns and rotary motion tend to cause more severe motion sickness than travel in a linear motion.

      Look at the Horizon. Looking at the horizon will help you avoid sudden head movements. People who are prone to motion sickness tend to have more body sway while standing. Try to widen your stance to help reduce body sway. This is why people that have mTBIs tend to get motion sickness easier.

      Press on This Pressure Point. The point is located on the inner side of the forearm, about two inches (or three finger widths) above the crease of the wrist in between the two tendons.

     Ginger Root A widely used remedy for nausea, ginger root is often taken in the form of lozenges, tea, capsules, tablets, crystallized root, candies, or ginger ale.

      If you have tried all the above and you still feel sick the last thing you can try is sticking your finger in your mouth as far back as you can get it. Throwing up does help, and the bright side is it might make other people do it also. So you won’t be alone anymore.

If you get motion sickness or thing you will, remedies may be worth considering, especially if you are not able to take medication. If you are going to take meds is to try them before you step on the boat. If you have never tried it, it might make it worse if it makes you sick or sleepy. Good Luck and I hope this helps.


3M Combat Arms Earplug Lawsuit

Monday, February 4th, 2019

While we are sure there is more than one attorney handling these claims, we were asked to get the word out.

Hey All, Robert (Bob) Webb is the point-man for Kaiser Gornick on the Lawsuit for service members who suffer hearing loss due to the use of the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs. Forward this to everyone you know who served combat arms from 2002-2015.

The DOD recently settled with 3M for $10 mil. compensation for these faulty earplugs. Kaiser Gornick is now reaching out to those of us who were directly affected through the use of the 3M Combat Earplugs. If you think there is the slightest possibility that you were affected by the use of these plugs; it would behoove you to get on board NOW.  There is a high probability of compensation.  Bob says he will require you to fill out a two page document.  Pretty simple.  

Bob writes:

As we discussed, Kaiser Gornick is representing men and women who used the 3M Combat Arms earplugs while serving in the U.S. military between 2002 – 2015, and who have been diagnosed with tinnitus or hearing loss. These earplugs were standard issue during those years and have been proven to be defective – they afforded no noise cancelling protection to the service men and women who used them. Please feel free to forward this email to any of your friends who fit the profile – I’d like to discuss how we can help. The direct number below rings to my cell if I’m away from my desk, so I’m reachable any time. Thanks brother!

Bob’s contact information is:

Bob Webb
Kaiser Gornick LLP
100 Pringle Ave, Suite 310
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

415-857-7475 (Direct)

262-488-0789 (Cell)


Combat Medic Training Integrates Sense of Touch

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Jan. 22, 2019 (Orlando, FL) Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS), an innovative provider of global workforce training services and solutions, works with HaptX, a visionary haptic technology firm, to provide enhanced military medical virtual reality training.

ECS has enhanced its Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulation (TC3Sim) medical trainer to incorporate a sense of touch in training scenarios to improve realism and training by using the HaptX Gloves Development Kit an industrial-grade product for advanced simulation in virtual reality. HaptX Gloves enable users to experience virtual simulations with realistic touch feedback and natural interaction for the first time. This unique transformational training debuted at the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), and subsequently, has been enhanced with even more realism that will be showcased at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) January 26-30, 2019.

Shane Taber, ECS vice president of operations/Orlando, explains: “Previously, VR training focused on learning through visual and auditory cues. The sense of touch has been missing, and by integrating the HaptX Gloves, Warfighters shift their perspective from the typical Virtual Reality interaction that uses a controller to click and interact, to more of a human-based physical approach of actually grasping an object or reaching out and touching a button with your finger. A medic can bandage a wound or administer CPR, perform highly tactile procedures, and immediately see and hear the effect; feel the weight, the sensation, or movement of that action. We are excited to enhance the medical teams’ performance and improve their quality of training to allow trainees to learn more quickly and effectively with the integration of touch.” 

David Fahr, ECS software engineer adds: “We received amazing reactions at I/ITSEC. Military service members, corporate leaders, and others said this unique training experience was unlike anything they had experienced before. Incorporating this feedback, we improved on the items used and overall flow of the scenarios to allow interactions to happen in an easier manner and for a more fluid experience in training scenarios. In the future, ECS plans to add a tutorial scenario to introduce users to the experience and haptic feedback.”

ECS plans to continue researching and testing these technologies to continue improving relevant, innovative, and fully-supported capabilities for the U.S. Army Research Lab. Their plan will also demonstrate the capabilities of haptic technology to fill existing gaps in skills training and further the understanding of the perception of touch as a component of virtual training.

HaptX Gloves feature 130 tactile actuators that provide realistic touch across the hand and fingertips. Built with HaptX’s patented microfluidic technology, HaptX Gloves also deliver powerful force feedback and motion tracking with sub-millimeter precision. The gloves are usually combined with a VR headset to provide a complete training experience.


Henry Schein To Expand Its Medical Group With Acquisition Of North American Rescue

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Gains new global defense and public-safety customers, and new portfolio of proprietary medical products

MELVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire approximately 93 percent of North American Rescue (NAR), the leading provider of survivability and casualty-care medical products to the defense and public-safety markets.

Founded in 1996 by CEO Bob Castellani, NAR is headquartered in Greer, South Carolina, and has 105 full-time team members. With nearly 60% of its sales to the U.S. government, NAR generated record sales for the 12 months ended October 31, 2018, of approximately $184 million, reflecting a diversified portfolio of proprietary medical products. This transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, at which time Mr. Castellani will continue in his role as CEO. NAR will be integrated with Henry Schein Medical, the U.S. medical business of Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein expects NAR will be neutral to the Company’s 2019 earnings per share and accretive thereafter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“NAR is a successful, growing company with an exceptional team that has created the recognized leader in the markets the company serves,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “We are delighted to welcome Bob Castellani and NAR to Team Schein, and we look forward to expanding our Medical group’s geographic footprint, customer base, and product offering both in the U.S. and overseas. Furthermore, through this transaction, Henry Schein Medical will be well-positioned to benefit from a business with solid growth and attractive profit margins.”

NAR serves all branches of the U.S. military; various U.S. military departments and federal agencies; militaries of allied foreign countries; federal, state, and local law enforcement departments; emergency medical service providers and fire departments; and community preparedness organizations, including school districts and commercial and community centers. The company specializes in providing products to treat and overcome the three most common causes of preventable combat deaths, namely hemorrhaging, tension pneumothorax, and inadequate airway. NAR offers online education and training, which complements Henry Schein’s commitment to provide continuing education tailored to a customer’s specific needs.

“NAR offers a unique value proposition,” Mr. Bergman added. “The company’s ability to provide tailored, mission-enabling survivability products is critical to countering the rapidly evolving threats of the 21st century. We look forward to expanding our customer base, as well as to selling new, innovative, life-saving products and supplies that will keep us at the forefront of critically important military and civilian markets.”

This investment offers multiple areas for growth and potential business synergies for both NAR and Henry Schein Medical. For NAR, this includes the combined ability to expand market share in the growing public safety market place, as well as the ability to sell more Henry Schein Medical and Henry Schein-branded products through NAR’s existing channels. Additionally, NAR will have access to Henry Schein’s broad product offering. 

“NAR has enjoyed considerable business success over the past 20 years and our future is bright by having access to the resources, expertise, and global presence of Henry Schein,” said Mr. Castellani. “NAR is South Carolina-grown, and it is extremely gratifying to reinvest in our community and grow the local economy by retaining 100-plus NAR employees and by investing in the next year to increase capacity at our facilities.” 

Mr. Castellani also expressed his wishes to continue championing causes that seek solutions to a range of societal issues. This commitment mirrors that of Henry Schein, whose global corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, works to “help health happen” for underserved communities around the world.

SHOT Show 19 – Phokus Research Group’s

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

At FirstSpear Range we got a look at Phokus Research Group’s Under Armor Individual First Aid System which they provide to the military through the SOF Sustainment, Asset Visibility and Information Exchange (SSAVIE) program.

SOF and Support Units can order Under Armor Trauma Kits – free of charge through their program. However, others can get it as well through Phokus, Tactical Medical Solutions or ADS.

There are two variants, explained below:

Option #1 – (SSAVIE) Under Armor IFAK – BASE

INSIDE the Bladder

• Combat Gauze x2

• Occlusive Dressing x2

• Decompression Needle


• Eye Shield x2

• Casualty Card

• Combat Pill Pack

• Surgical Lube

INCLUDED in the Bundle

• SOFTT-W x2

• OLAES Modular Bandage

SSAVIE Part Number: 6545-01-606-BTPB    

Nomenclature: Behind the Plate SOF Combat Op Trauma Base


Option #2 – (SSAVIE) Under Armor IFAK – AUGMENT


INSIDE the Bladder

• Combat Gauze x2

• Compressed Gauze x1

• Occlusive Dressing x2

• Decompression Needle


• Eye Shield x2

• Elastic Bandage

• Casualty Card

• Combat Pill Pack

• Surgical Lube

INCLUDED in the Bundle

• SOFTT-W x2

• OLAES Modular Bandage

SSAVIE Part Number: 6545-01-606-BTPA  

Nomenclature: Behind the Plate SOF Combat Op Trauma Base with Augmentation


Tactical Medical Solutions Booth #10957 has samples of both kits.


Wilcox Range Day 19 – TSSI M-10 Medical Backpack for Use with ALICE Frames

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

TSSI took their new M-10 Medical Backpack and developed a version for use with ALICE style pack frames.

The slimline design features the same modular main compartment and is available with several different Velcro backed internal organizer pouches. An external zippered packet is mounted to the bottom of the panel loading main compartment. In the photo above, you can also see the Modular Instrument Panel.

The pack can be supplied on its own or with a frame from T3 Tactical. It is also available with a zippered accessory pocket which nestles between the pack and waistbelt in the frame.

Offered in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, Red and MultiCam.

FirstSpear Range Day 19 – Wound CLUB from Phokus Research Group

Monday, January 21st, 2019

Inspired by their successful Wound Cube, Phokus Research Group’s New Wound CLUB allows trainers to pump fluid into the medical training device’s would channel.

Students have the opportunity to get into the Wound and put pressure directly on the blood vessel as well as pack the wound.

Students can also apply tourniquets to the semi-transparent device.

Solkoa Survival Systems x Hill People Gear Rescue-200 SAR Kit

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

Be sure to check out the new Rescue-200 HPG/SAR Kit at SHOT Show (Booth #32513) with contents by S3 and load carriage by HPG.