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Safety Trends from FDIC 2008

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Walt Stoy in AllMed AVC Helmet and Hi-Viz Rescue Vest, Baxter Larmon in AVC Helmet and AllMed Ultra-X Coat.

Meeting the need


    Four in five medics are injured on the job; More than one in two (52 percent) have been assaulted by a patient, and one in two (50 percent) have been exposed to an infectious disease; EMS personnel in the United States have an estimated fatality rate of 12.7 per 100,000 workers, more than twice the national average.

Gerber Outerwear

Gerber OuterwearR & B FabricationsViz-Con

The Tychem BR suit by DuPont

DuPont displayed its new Tychem BR suit, a lightweight and versatile garment that has been tested to protect the wearer against 250 different chemicals. The company also displayed its ThermoPro Suit, constructed of an innovative new fabric that utilizes proprietary Tychem® chemical barrier technology combined with NOMEX® thermal protective fabric technology. This would be the perfect suit for tactical medics with methamphetamine interdiction teams.

Other safety innovations
Beyond PPE, there were also a slew of products centered on general safety. The new RS Decon is a patented, broad-spectrum skin decontamination product intended to remove or neutralize chemical warfare (CW) agents or T2 toxin from the skin. With a growing concern over the potential for these types of terrorism attacks in the United States, this threat is now a real concern for our emergency first responders.

A growing safety concern has been building over the security of patient retention systems during an ambulance accident. One possible answer presented at FDIC was the Stem Stretcher Mounting System from Italy. This system appears to be more secure than antler mounts and it also has a floating bed suspension that weighs your patient and absorbs road shock and vibration.

For safer pediatric transport, the Safeguard Transport showed obvious advantages. It works on any stretcher and with virtually any size child. The Transport articulates with the head-end of the stretcher while keeping your smallest patients safely secured.


The ROC Vertical Rescue System
ROC Vertical Rescue System

The Last Chance Filter

Pelican 9450 RALS Remote Area Lighting System

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