Air Ambulance Edition Blanket Training Video

 

Blizzard Protection Systems Limited and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA), are proud to announce the launch of the “Air Ambulance Edition” Blizzard blanket; a new version developed for use in the air ambulance environment, which will help to save patients’ lives.

DSAA is tasked to a wide variety of pre-hospital emergencies involving critically ill and injured patients. The clinical team’s interventions help to prevent further deterioration until patients get to definitive care, which can play a key role in their chances of survival. One of these, is to provide thermal management which involves maintaining the patient’s core body temperature, preventing hypothermia and any further heat loss, protecting them from the environment and providing active warming.

In pre-hospital care, heat loss occurs through several mechanisms and evidence suggests that critically ill and injured patients presenting with hypothermia are at high risk of death. Once the patient is hypothermic, it is difficult to reverse this in the pre-hospital environment. Recognising the advanced benefits that Blizzard’s blankets provide to patients in the pre-hospital environment and as part of their ongoing efforts to improve patient care, members of DSAA’s clinical team embarked on personal project in their own time, to design a bespoke blanket in collaboration with engineers at Blizzard.

The year-long project involved numerous virtual meetings and extensive collaboration between DSAA’s clinicians, pilots and Blizzard’s engineers, to create a range of designs which were then trialled for their effectiveness. This culminated in the development of a new Blizzard blanket named ‘The Air Ambulance Edition’, which will be used to improve the thermal management and treatment provided to critically ill and injured patients.

DSAA will be the first air ambulance client to use the bespoke blanket however, it will also be available for distribution to Blizzard’s clients around the world which include other air ambulances, military, ambulance, hazardous area response teams, police, fire and rescue services as well as mountain rescue.

The blanket meets the toughest CE and medical device regulations and retains Blizzard’s unique Reflexcell™ material which provides the best insulation through its  reflective air pocket construction. To facilitate carriage and ongoing clinical care, the  blanket has been ergonomically designed so that it can be carried to the scene of an  incident with a carry handle and there also is improved access to the patient with  side and top openings.

Further features include four active heat pads with a hook and loop strip that can be moved into any position to provide optimal warming and ensure complete hypothermia management for any sized patient, whilst proactively maintaining their body temperature. With a warmth of 7.5 Togs, the blanket provides protection from the harshest environments of cold air, rain or snow, meaning that it can be used within any operating environment that the air ambulance is tasked to.

‘The Air Ambulance Edition’ Blizzard blanket, has been developed as a commercial product available for sale and global distribution by Blizzard. DSAA will not benefit financially from the sale of this product. The Blizzard blanket can be purchased direct from Blizzard by calling: 01248 600666, emailing:  salesuk@ps-med.com, or by visiting their website: https://www.blizzardsurvival.com/new-product-launch-air-ambulance-edition-kit/

Air Ambulance Edition Blizzard Blanket Training Video

This short training video outlines the key features and benefits of the bespoke Blizzard blanket, along with instructions for its use in the pre-hospital environment.

 

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