Ongoing innovation in the products used in any field is important to the practitioners in that field. That is especially true for medical first responders. The faster, more efficient, and more effective fire rescue, ambulance, and law enforcement personnel can be in their work, the better outcomes they can achieve and the more lives they can save.
The fact that a product has had certain performance characteristics and has been used a certain way for as long as anyone can remember doesn’t mean it should remain unchanged. The attitude that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly doesn’t help advance emergency medical care.
What’s driving the need for medical product innovation?
In addition to the desire to deliver ever-better medical care, what is driving the need for innovation in first responder medical products? A number of things, including:
- Our growing population coupled with shrinking government budgets is stretching first responder resources to their limits. Consequently, teams are having to be more efficient in the delivery of treatment.
- Increasing pressure to provide initial treatment, transport the patient, and get back in service quickly means first responders are always looking for better ways to administer care.
- First responders are continually being asked to provide more in-depth treatment in the field to improve outcomes and give hospital staff a head start on the care they provide. Advances in medical products is one of the ways they meet that challenge.
- An uptick in multi-casualty incidents such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, gang violence, active shooter etc. means EMS, police, fire rescue, standard military and national guard, etc. will be tasked with more medical care. Consequently, rapid response, triage, and quick treatment and transport becomes more critical.
- New products that can serve multiple purposes take up less space on rigs and can help control costs, so they are in demand.
Giving First Responders the Products They Need to Do Their Jobs Well
Trauma Beanie is an example of “outside-the-box” thinking that is having a positive impact on emergency medical care. While gauze and roller bandages have worked well enough for protecting and applying pressure to head wounds for centuries, they are also cumbersome and can be time-consuming to apply.
Trauma Beanie can be applied in seconds, self-administered if necessary, may delay the onset of hypothermia or can help with pain control by holding a cold pack in place, and it easily allows wound observation without unwrapping and rewrapping. And those are just a few of the attributes that help first responders work more effectively.
None of those capabilities would be available today if emergency medical treatment providers had settled for “good enough.” It’s their needs that drive our company, and companies producing medical products of all kinds, to develop creative and purpose-built products that are changing emergency medical care for the better.
Learn more about Trauma Beanie. Contact us today at firstrespondersolutions.com.