Fran Hildwine, BS, NRP, is the AHA Training Center Coordinator at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. He’s also an
EMS instructor at Good Fellowship Ambulance Club in West Chester, Pa. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Stethoscope Safe Storage
The stethoscope is one of the tools we use on almost every
patient. Some EMS providers carry a stethoscope draped
around their neck, others in their pants pocket or in their
first-in bag. The problem with storing a stethoscope in a
first-in bag is the high probability of something breaking
the diaphragm and rendering it useless as an assessment tool. Firefighter paramedic Greg Sumner invented
Stethosafe after getting tired of finding broken stethoscopes in his airway bag. Stethosafe is like a helmet for your
stethoscope; the rigid plastic cover quickly slips around the
stethoscope head to prevent damage. A lanyard lets you
attach the Stethosafe inside your bag, allowing you to just
pull the stethoscope free for rapid deployment.
Fits: Sprague Rappaport; Littmann Cardiology III and IV;
ADC Adscope 604, 605, 641, 647 and 675; ADC Proscope 640
Save Your Antenna
Handheld portable radios are a lifeline for EMS crews.
If you’re working in a 9-1-1 service, each crew member
should have their own portable radio. Portable radio
functionality is increased using a lapel mic. The lapel
mic puts the speaker closer to your ear and allows you
to keep both hands free except when transmitting. One
problem encountered with lapel mics is where to stow
the mic when the radio is in the charger or not being
worn. The mic often gets clipped to the antenna, which
can break the antenna and places the radio out of service.
The new APeX Clip is designed to fit Motorola APX series
radios. It slides over the antenna and provides a tab to
secure the mic. The APeX clip can then be flipped out of
the way when you move the mic to your lapel for normal
operations. It’s also available with custom imprints and
colors for department and job duty designations.
Colors: Black, orange, yellow,
green, glow in the dark