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Sneak Peek – Huron MDX9 Medical Pack

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Here is a sneak peek of the New Huron MDX9 Medical Pack. Following our philosophy, Innovate or Die, we have designed the next generation in medical gear to assist first responders who are assigned as tactical medics, rescue task force members, or individual FIRE/EMS/LEOs. Our new Huron™ medical packs are designed specifically around the guidelines from the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) and the principle that no one should bleed to death from uncontrolled hemorrhage. Current TECC guidelines recommend all first responders carry tourniquets, learn to pack wounds and utilize hemostatic dressings, and learn to seal chest wounds following the MARCHE protocols. TECC is the civilian evolution of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), written to address the differences in civilian populations and operational environments.

The MDX9 is designed specifically to carry multiple emergency medical items required in a Mass Casualty situation. It has ample storage space and organizational features that assist users in identifying the required items for treatment, and quickly accessing them for application.

This is just the first of many new medical products coming out of TYR Tactical in 2017.

Check Out BERG At Warrior West

Friday, March 31st, 2017

At Warrior West you’ll be able to check out a demo of  BERG’s 20’ expandable E2S2 Dental Shelter used in the National Guard for Periodic Health Assessments (PHA). Use of these shelters has significantly increased mission readiness and decreased the cost of outsourcing medical care. What’s more, these shelters can be setup in 15 minutes or less and are perfect for not interrupting training to conduct field maintenance or medical support.  

Generally, these are deployed in sets of four and used in conjunction with one another.

The ANG/Reserve PHA/PDA Portable Solution includes these capabilities:
1. 3-4 Dental Exam chair and stools for PDA.
2. Nomad Pro II x-ray system for PDA.
3. 1 – audiology booth for Hearing Conservation Program.
4. 2 – medical exam tables and portable desk for PHA.
5. 10 – Folding chairs for waiting room.
6. 1 – Desk and Chair for waiting room.

Additionally, BERG will feature the following capabilities in their shelter demo:
1. AMC-20CF Mobile Dental System.
2. NOMAD Pro 2 dental x-ray.
3. NOMAD MD medical and physical security x-ray system.
4. ADC-09 – Hydraulic Portable Dental Stool.
5. ADC-02CF – Hydraulic Portable Chair.
6. ADC-01CS Portable Chair.
7. ALU-40LED-CF – Portable LED Light.
8. AEU-525CF/CFH Transport III Dental System.
9. Talon Litter.
10. Litter Stand.

These shelters can be configured in a wide varieties of ways and combined to create everything from this specialized, mobile medical facility to an entire base camp complete with billets, mess, recreation and work centers.  Because these are shelters and not tents, they can be stacked as well as transported like other shipping containers, with the mission equipment safely stored inside.  

BERG will be on hand in booth #1043 at Warrior Expo West, in the San Diego Convention Center, April 19 & 20.

Caveat Emptor – Counterfeit Tourniquets Remain An Issue

Monday, March 27th, 2017

We first mentioned counterfeit Combat Application Tourniquets back in 2010, and they had already been a problem for awhile. Recently, there has been a rash of these fake products showing up in various supply chains of law enforcement and first responder agencies. For example, this clinical bulletin was issued a few years ago by the New Hampshire Department of Safety.

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Our friends at CTOMS conducted three tests in which they self-applied two counterfeit Combat Application Tourniquet (E-CAT or Element CAT) and one real C-A-T to a healthy thigh. Continuous Doppler ultrasound was conducted to assess the distal pulse. Tourniquets were tightened until failure or it was too painful to continue to tighten.

While this video is a few years old, it demonstrates how dangerous counterfeit tourniquets are.

According to North American Rescue, they’ve identified six different counterfeit CATs. While this link offers a great comparison between a genuine CAT and a counterfeit, the simplest thing to check is the windlass. If it isn’t stiff, ask for a real one.

The bottom line is, buy your tourniquets from approved sources. The buck you save, may cost a life.

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.

www.medsled.com/military-vl-rescue

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 www.amc.army.mil/amc/agiap.

Original Story: www.army.mil/article/184219/Ranger_Whole_Blood_Program_wins_an_Army_s_Greatest_Innovation_Award

SOTECH IFAK History

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 sotechtactical.com/pages/history-of-our-ifaks.

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
pull-tabs.

“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.

www.blueforcegear.com