Fran Hildwine, BS, NRP, is a simulation learning technician at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster, Pa., and is also an EMS instructor
at Good Fellowship Ambulance Club in West Chester, Pa. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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PRODUC T REVIEWS FROM STREET CREWS
School-Age Anti-Choking Training
Teaching CPR and first aid to the public is an important role for all EMS
professionals, and the public views EMS as the authority since we respond
to these emergencies every day. CPR and first aid classes all benefit from
increased levels of hands-on training. One skill that’s always difficult to teach
is the Heimlich maneuver—after all, you can’t have students vomiting in the
classroom after receiving abdominal thrusts from an overly excited classmate.
The new School-Age Anti-Choking Trainer from Act Fast is an adjustable,
wearable vest which allows the practice of abdominal thrusts with the payoff
of a dislodged foam plug flying into the air. Different colors and sizes of
foam plugs allow for different levels of difficulty in object removal. There’s
also a removable pad that can be placed between the shoulder blades for
instructors who teach back blows as part of the response to a choking victim.
Dimensions: 16. 5" x 10. 5"
Weight: 1 lb.
Consistent Chest Compressions
A patient in cardiac arrest requires compressions to be started as soon as possible, with
minimal interruption, at a rate of 100–120 per minute and at a depth of 2–2. 5" in order
to maximize odds for a successful resuscitation. The new Lifeline ARM from Defibtech is
a compact, portable, battery-operated compression machine that takes the guesswork
out of CPR quality. After centering the patient on the backboard, the rigid frame clicks
into place and the compression module, containing the rechargeable battery, is inserted
into the frame. The user quickly adjusts the piston using “up/down” soft keys and then
selects either continuous compressions for use with an advanced airway or the 30: 2 ratio
for use with bag-valve mask ventilations. With a nominal operating battery runtime of
one hour, the Lifeline ARM can also be run on continuous AC power and the batteries are
quickly swappable. A USB port provides you the ability to download event information
and data logging to a PC.
Dimensions: 24" x 18" x 10" (in case)
Weight: 15. 9 lbs.
Charge time: < 2 hours
Price: Call for price