Saving a life is stressful—period. The gear you’re using must be reliable and help pull you through one of the most challenging situations you may ever face. The following first aid kits and defibrillators will do just that.
The Mojo LE Tri-Mount Field Aid Kit (3M-FAK) carries the same immediate life-saving trauma items as the rest of the Mojo LE line, but it’s packaged in a pouch designed for the tactical officer. This kit can be mounted in a location that’s most suitable for the operator. It can be configured as a drop-leg thigh rig, belt-worn kit or MOLLE mounted to the ballistic vest, load-bearing vest or plate carrier.
Combat Medical Systems: 910/426-0003; www.combatmedicalsystems.com.
Philips’ HeartStart FRx Defibrillator offers on- demand CPR coaching to help the stressed user recall their training. Calm, clear voice instructions are timed to the responder’s actions, guiding them through each step. One pad set works for adults, children and infants. The infant/child key turns the HeartStart FRx into a pediatric defibrillator, tailoring the voice instructions and therapy to the needs of a child. Philips SMART Biphasic therapy technology uses high current to maximize effectiveness and a lower energy dose to minimize side effects. The HeartStart FRx’s Quick Shock feature delivers therapy in 8 seconds after chest compressions. It weighs 3.5 pounds. Philips: 866/333-4246; www.philips.com.
Tac 1 Systems’ 25-Man First Aid Kit exceeds the requirements of ANSI Standard z308.1-2003. The case is 6.5" x 9.5" x 2.75" and includes adhesive strips, gauze pads, tape, exam gloves, bandages, burn cream, antiseptic wipes, eye flush equipment, scissors, aspirin, forceps, first-aid instructions and more. Tac 1 Systems: 541/744-9112; www.tac1systems.com.
See & Hear
The Zoll AED Pro’s real-time feedback mechanism, known as Real CPR Help, allows rescuers to see and hear how well they’re performing the rate and depth of chest compressions during CPR. Real CPR Help, includes a metronome set at the AHA recommended 100 bpm and a screen display, which helps rescuers achieve optimum rate and depth of compression levels through audible and/or visual prompts. It also offers the ability to view a patient’s underlying ECG rhythm with See Thru CPR.
Zoll: 978/421-9440; www.zoll.com.