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Curaplex Officer Down Kits
Officer Down Individual First Aid Kits (IFAK) are designed to anticipate the administration of care outside of ambulance reach. These kits help control the bleeding of penetrating wounds or other traumatic injuries, including gunshots and stab wounds. Bound Tree Medical offers four specialized kits, designed with the dynamic product needs of first responders in mind, whether that provider is a police officer, corrections officer, EMT/Paramedic, firefighter or others at the scene of an emergency.
Titan Mid-Level Responder Kit with SOF Tourniquet
Bound Tree Medical’s Titan Responder Kits were created to provide vital, customized products for emergency care. Each kit is available in two different color options—black or coyote brown—to match your preference.
MegaMover Transport Device
The MegaMover is a durable, single-use transport that holds up to 1000 lbs, measures 40 inch x 80 inch, and features 6 handles per side.
February 20, 2014
Practice professionalism with bariatric patients
Earlier this week, an EMS1 reader reached out to me via email, lamenting about some of the crass comments that were written about obese patients. Indeed, it's pretty interesting how some of our colleagues view obese patients. Fortunately, most of the comments on the thread were in rebuttal to the few crass ones.
Obesity is a major health issue for many in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control nearly 36 percent of the U.S. population is obese, which is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, and 6.3 percent are morbidly obese (having a BMI of 40 or more). The health issues associated with being very overweight are significant, and are a factor in the patient population EMS serves.
The reasons for being obese are many. Medical conditions, the inability to conveniently buy healthy foods, a lifestyle that promotes poor eating habits, and not making exercise a priority all contribute to the issue. Making a deliberate choice to be obese is not a factor.
As individuals we are entitled to our opinions – this is a free country, after all. But one should know the facts and better understand the causes of an issue before spouting off something that is simply embarrassing to read.
While we're on this issue, recognize that injury rates to EMS workers are significant. According to the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health, over 27,000 EMS provider injuries were reported in 2011. A majority of injuries occur during exertion, and center around the neck and trunk (back). It's crucial that we are in good physical shape, use excellent ergonomics and take advantage of appropriately designed and tested lifting equipment to make our job safer.
The fact is, we perform work that is abrupt in nature, often interspersed with long intervals of sitting around. It's a perfect recipe for an injury to occur.