Tuesday, March 5, 2013

On Scene Review: StatPacks: G1 Bolus Medication Pack

About our Reviewer: I’m Scot A. Kreger PHRN. I started in EMS in 1984 as an Army Medic stationed at Ft. Ritchie, Md. While serving at Ft. Ritchie I obtained my Emergency Medical Technician.  Shortly after my discharge from the Army 1987 I became a Paramedic . In 2004 I graduated from Delaware County Community College with my Nursing Degree and started working at Brandywine Hospital. After 2 years of working in the Emergency Department I transferred to Medic 93 where I currently work for BWH.  So all told I have 30 years Emergency Medical Service experience. 

StatPacks. That name means quality and respect for EMS gear for either the BLS provider or the ALS provider. I’ve had the chance over the last few months to use and review an ALS version of this great medication pack. This quality is second to none! It’s well built, and tough and for that I give it high marks and recommend it for your use.

You can either carry it using the canvas handle at the top or sling it over your shoulder like a backpack.

However, once I opened up the pack, I did have a small problem. I don’t really feel it was laid out well for all the medications an ALS provider uses. I felt the clear see-though slots that the medication vials go into needed to be larger, and possibly staggered. There is also a problem with the prefilled medications like Epi, D50 and Lidocaine. I found there was no place to secure them in the bag unless you take them out of their boxes. The same is true with IV solutions.

Now, I set my Statpak up to work as both a First-In bag with my ALS medications and an Airway Bag. I had trouble with the elastic loops for the ET Tubes, as they needed to be just a little larger. I could only carry 1 tube (still in it’s wrapper) per loop. I also had no place in the bag to secure the BVM, or the mechanical ET Tube holding device. Now, there is an area that is large enough for all this plus other O2 supplies, I just wished it had a way to secure that equipment in place.

I did not find weight to be a problem with the medication pack. and I found it to be easier to handle and carry than some other ALS and BLS versions. The thing I loved was that it had plenty of room, it just needed to be laid out better with a few of the other additions I noted.

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According to StatPacks, " StatPacks modular equipment bags can be pre-loaded to accommodate different situations. Keep pre-packed modules ready to meet specific ALS requirements…and others for Basic Life Support. Then you can grab and install only the gear you need for each call. It’s a system that provides a place for everything and puts everything in its place—for superior organization, faster reaction, and unprecedented accessibility at the scene. Durable mesh and clear urethane windows, in the both primary pack and removable modules, let you identify contents at a glance. Click, zip, roll—every thing is at your fingertips. StatPacks simply make you faster, and better, at what you do."

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