EXPERIENCE DRIVES INNOVATION
Innovative Devices Created in Israel & Used Around the World
Israeli EMS teams need to treat patients
more effectively and efficiently and have
developed devices that do just that.
These advancements allow EMS personnel to get around hot zones faster and depart
once they’re no longer needed. They allow
providers to treat trauma victims faster,
while also providing the highest quality
People in Israel think inside the box by
asking, “What do I already have that I can
use to make our situation better?”
If there’s no current solution, they build
or create one. This is what people must do
when their home is also on the front line
of a conflict.
Many of the innovations created in Israel
have been distributed to other countries
and have been helping save lives worldwide.
Some of the more notable inventions
include the following:
The Israeli bandage, also known as “the
emergency bandage” is used to stop bleeding from hemorrhagic wounds caused by
The bandage was invented by an Israeli
military medic, Bernard Bar-Natan, and
was first used to save lives during NATO
peacekeeping operations in Bosnia and
Herzegovina. Subsequently, the bandages
were also used during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The emergency bandages were nicknamed “Israeli bandage,” by American soldiers, and have been the bandages of choice
for the U.S. Army.
They were also included in EMS providers’ response kits and first responder individual first aid kits (IFAKs) at the 2011
shooting in Tucson, Ariz., and were used
to treat several victims.
BONE INJECTION GUN (BIG)
Intraosseous (IO) infusion is the process
of injecting IV fluids and medications
directly into the marrow of a bone to provide a non-collapsible entry point into the
systemic venous system.
IO infusions are used when IV access
is either not available or not feasible, and
have proven to be a valuable addition to
prehospital care. A comparison of various
routes of administration concluded that the
IO route is demonstrably superior to intra-
muscular (IM) administration and compa-
rable to IV administration. 1
The Bone Injection Gun (BIG) was the
world’s first automatic, user-friendly IO
device. It’s a plastic, disposable, automatic
spring-loaded infusion device, that provides safe, rapid IO access for the delivery
of fluids and medications at flow rates similar to peripheral IV infusion. The BIG was
designed to insert a 15 gauge needle ( 18
gauge in the pediatric version) to establish
IO infusion within seconds.
The newest version of the BIG, the
NEO, is an enhanced version of the original BIG that’s streamlined and easier to
use. It presents an easy and safe “position
and press” mechanism and is used by military and civilian healthcare systems around
MyMDband is a durable bracelet
that provides medical personnel with
instant access to an individual’s emergency medical information via a personalized QR code, a matrix barcode or a
The HIPAA-compliant band was originally invented to enable medical responders to gain information on patients who
couldn’t speak, or couldn’t speak the same
language as the EMS provider.
The band’s technology allows EMS providers to quickly gain access to a person’s
medical history, allergies and ailments.
It works anytime, anywhere and is secure,
ensuring that only providers and medical
professionals can access the information.
MyMDFile displays the patient’s medical information in the local language,
regardless of where the person is travelling, so that EMS and medical responders will be able to understand the person’s
medical history rapidly.
The Pocket BVM (bag-valve mask) allows
the user to cut down on carrying space in a
medical bag or MCI cache while still deliv-
ering effective airway rescue. The Pocket
BVM delivers 500–600 mL of oxygen in
one squeeze and is also faster to use and
connect than a regular BVM system.
It’s a disposable, collapsible, silicon resuscitator that reduces cubic carrying space by
up to 75%.
It never loses its shape, and can withstand extreme or unconventional storage
conditions, making it perfect for military
application that requires smaller and more
In addition to these medical and technology devices, Israel is noted for many other
health innovations that go beyond the EMS
Some of the more well-known advancements include:
>>TopClosure’s 3S System, a noninvasive
alternative to staples, sutures and glue
used to close wounds rapidly;
>>ApiFix’s system to correct severe curva-
ture of the spine (i.,e., scoliosis);
>>Argo Medical Technologies’ Rewalk
>>IceCure Medical’s IceSense3, which has
been used by doctors in the U.S. since
2011 to remove benign breast lumps in
an ultrasound-guided procedure;
>>InSightec’s ExAblate OR, which uses
MRI-guided, focused ultrasound to
destroy tumors and uterine fibroid cysts
>>IonMed’s Bio Weld1 which bonds sur-
gical incisions using cold plasma instead
of stitches, staples or glue;
>>NanoPass Technologies’ MicronJet, a
single-use needle for painless delivery of
vaccines into the skin using semiconduc-
tor technology; and
>>VitalGo Systems’ Total Lift bed, a
hospital-grade bed that can elevate a
patient from a supine to a fully standing
1. Moore GP, Pace SA, Busby W. Comparison of intraosseous,
intramuscular, and intravenous administration of succinylcholine. Pediatr Emerg Care. 1989; 5( 4):201–210.