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Monday, December 16th, 2013

MATBOCK has introduced the new R-LIFT Rigid Litter System. Weighing in at just 6.5 lbs, it shares the same collapsible carbon fiber poles as the S-LIFT and is designed for vertical extraction.


Built to carry up to 400 lbs, it incorporates an inflatable head stabilization bladder as well as webbing patient restraints. The R-LIFT’s body is made from neoprene impregnated nylon that has been dye cut for maritime use as well as weight savings. This component has been reinforced with 6 hinged, composite bars. Additionally, the foot of the litter integrates a rapidly deplorable space blanket to keep patients warm.


All of this collapses down to fit into this spiffy pack. Since it’s only the size of a laptop, it can obviously be carried in other packs as well.

SOMA – Zanfel Labs

Monday, December 16th, 2013


We first mentioned Zanfel Poison Ivy Wash from Zanfel Labs during Modern Day Marine 2011 when we found out that it is designed to allow an affected person to literally wash away urushiol oil which is the toxin contained in certain plants. It irritates 85% of the population. The Zanfel wash can be used at anytime after contact and on any part of the body including the face and genitals. This stuff really works. We’ve used a couple of times over the past few years and it offers relief within hours.

ZAN406-Plant ID Poster_20120201

Click to view .pdf

Zanfel Labs is offering this graphic to help instruct people how to identify the plants that secrete urushoil thereby preventing irritations before they happen. We asked if we could share it and they agreed. Also, don’t forget, poison ivy oils can stay viable for up to 5 years. Clothing, gear and footwear, in particular laces retain these oils. According to Zanfel Lans, the best cure for this issue is to wash these items with simple dishwashing liquid.

Zanfel’s Skin Wash Poison Ivy Treatment 10 oz Tube has NSN 6501-01-611-2071.

Another resource includes a map. Hard copies of the poster above can be requested by contacting [email protected], or 1-800-401-4002, menu option 1.

Special Operations Medical Association

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Each year the Special Operations Medical Association hosts the Scientific Assembly, a Multi-day seminar and trade show in Tampa, Florida, home of USSOCOM. Originally founded as a community of interest for SOF medical personnel, over the years membership has expanded to include tactical medical practitioners from the civilian sector.

Over the next two days, SSD will bring you coverage of some of the highlights from the show floor.

SOMA – FDL Group

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

FDL Group has developed a Pre-hands on training, web-based course for Z-medica that prepares a student for taking hands on training with the QuickClot Combat Gauze product. This allows for maximized hands on time in formal training courses.


It covers How CG works, When to use CG, How to use CG along with multiple section quizzes. Once you complete the web-based training you complete a test that provides instant feedback if you miss a question. When you pass the test it provides a completion certificate as well as notifying your training manager.

FDL Group is also developing similar web-based training tools for other manufacturers.

SOMA – Princeton Tec

Sunday, December 16th, 2012


Princeton Tec has introduced the Charge Medical which integrates a UV lamp into the popular Charge helmet light. The UV light is used for Fluorescein Ocular test as well as to detect blood and other bodily fluids. It also integrates low and high white light as well as nIR light. And, Just like the rest of the family, it will be offered in AA and CR123A models.


Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The Army has purchased thousands of the RAMMP (Rapid Access Modular Medical Panel) as well as the Sliver Medical Packs. But, what most medics don’t realize is that the pouches are designed to fit both both products. You can take a pouch from the RAMMP and mount it directly into the Sliver via hook and loop or MOLLE. Or, vice versa.


Additionally, the RAMMP features a zipper running side to side along its middle. This allows you to more effectively configure the interior of a vehicle.


Sunday, December 16th, 2012

MATBOCK has a really cool addition to their carbon fiber litter poles. This new kit turns the poles into a ladder.


The final kit will feature five V-shaped rungs to create a 7.5 ft ladder. I asked about the V-shape of the rungs and was told that they lay flat on the poles when you use it as a horizontal ladder. Very smart guys!

Transition back to litter is easy as the rungs just slide right on and off the poles with weight being borne by Spectra cord and engineered end caps. Yes, this means there is an up on this ladder so keep that in mind.

This is a final prototype but look for these late 1st quarter 2013.

SOMA – Leatherman

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

The new Leatherman Raptor was designed specifically for medical personnel. It is a compact, folding shear.


It integrates a one hand opening strap cutter with an integrated oxygen tank wrench. Flip to around and there’s a carbide tip glass breaker as well as a lanyard attachment.

Once opened the shear’s 420 high carbon steel blades feature a metric scale ruler for measuring ECG strips and the shears themselves feature a unique grind that doesn’t shed material into wounds and allows you to rip cut. Additionally, there is a ring cutter function at the back of the blades.


In addition to a pocket clip which will also fit a single PALS bar. Additionally, there is an ambidextrous injection molded holster that allows for angled carry. The holster allows for open or closed carry of the Raptor.