Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

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thawed has a dramatically shortened shelf life. The requirement to freeze and maintain this temperature makes the product impractical for use in the forward deployed environment. The French have developed a freeze-dried plasma (FDP) that has been in use by the French since 1994 and has been approved for use by the French equivalent to the FDA. We are able to obtain and use this product through the cooperation of the French, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC), USSOCOM, and the FDA under an Investigational New Drug (IND) agreement. The plasma used to make the freeze-dried product is pathogen reduced and all leukocytes (white blood cells) have been removed. This greatly reduces the chance of a transfusion or allergic reaction. Additionally, the plasma is screened for infectious diseases, to include hepatitis and HIV, among others. All of these safeguards help ensure our soldiers receive the safest life-saving product available." Since the FDP falls under an IND, all potential SOCOM personnel that may receive the plasma must be "consented," Carter emphasized. "This means they will all be briefed on the product and each Airman, sailor, or soldier will decide, if circumstances warrant, whether they choose to receive the product or not. Also, each medical provider will be fully trained on how to give FDP." Fortunately, Carter said preparing the product is easy and straight forward. "The kit comes with the freeze-dried product and, separately, sterile water for injection. The medic needs only to take the enclosed dual spike, insert it into the sterile water and place the other end of the spike into the freeze-dried bottle while gently swirling. The product will be available to infuse within 3 – 5 minutes. Additionally, prior to reconstitution, it can be stored at room temperature and has a 2-year shelf life." The U.S. Army Special Operations Command was the first unit to deploy with the French product. Carter said due to its proven potential as a life-saving product, Marine Special Operations Command and Navy Special Warfare Units, are following suit along with AFSOC. COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! LIGHTING THE WAY Veinlite EMS PRO® Combines Proven Reliability and Accuracy for Vein Access with Integrated White Exam Light for Working in Low-Light Situations By Katie Schertler, TransLite LLC TransLite LLC, makers of the innovative and bestselling Veinlite® brand vein finders, has added a bold, new entry into their product lineup. The Veinlite EMS PRO® joins Veinlite's family of portable Vein Access products. Veinlite® vein finders are already distinguished by their clinically- proven effectiveness at improving IV access success rates over the Standard of Care. The Veinlite EMS PRO® is designed specifically to meet the needs of Emergency personnel and nurses, where the current Veinlite EMS® has been a major success. It's no surprise that so many of these military and medical professionals already rely on Veinlite devices for locating and accessing veins in the field. The Veinlite EMS PRO®'s new, integrated exam light takes this reliability and utility one step further by providing quick, one-button access to a built-in flashlight mode. Day or night, this aids in initial patient assessment and reduces the amount of gear required to deliver quality care, making it an essential part of any EMS kit. Key Features: • Clinically proven for finding and accessing veins • Locks vein in place during needle sticks – prevents vein rolling • Built-in exam light extends versatility Versatile Application Among other benefits, the Veinlite EMS PRO also meets INS Guidelines for infection control, a critical consideration when providing healthcare treatment to any patient. This device is suitable for use on Adults and Children, and its combination of orange and red LED lights provide optimal contrast for both light and dark skin tones. Orange LEDs are for lighter skin tones and more superficial veins while the red LEDs are optimal for darker skin tones and deeper veins. "Veinlite products are trusted by over 35,000 medical professionals, with a solid reputation built on effectiveness, quality and innovation," noted Nizar Mullani, CEO and Inventor, Veinlite. "The Veinlite EMS PRO takes that legacy one step further." A French freeze-dried plasma kit. (Courtesy of USAMMDA Public Affairs) 22 | Combat & Casualty Care | Spring 2017

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