The Pinellas County Sheriffs Office prides itself with providing its members
with the latest in training and technology. Within the last three years, the
Training Division, composed of seven full-time high liability instructors, began
the task of researching the latest trends in Law Enforcement involvement
throughout our country.
We found that the transition to have better Basic Life Support (BLS)
techniques were among the listed based on the rise of violence towards Law
Enforcement. This among several other concerns lead gave us the need to
introduce a Tactical Casualty Care Course.
A portion of this course involves the assembling of a Trauma Kit that will
provide our deputies with the equipment needed to take care of
Hemorrhaging, Tension Pneumothorax and Airway Management. Because of
the need to remain within their scope of duty, (unless authorized to hold an
EMT Cert), most Law Enforcement personnel are trained in CPR to address
the airway management needs.
In any case, The Pinellas County Sheriffs Office identified a significant
handicap with the use of traditional CPR Masks. While undergoing the
development and the execution of the training program, it was determined that
consideration in relocating patient to a safe location, is almost always a factor.
This was also, true even after airway management had begun.
The introduction of the NuMask IntraOral device gave us the ability to store,
carry and effectively provide better airway management. Under conditions
where the scene has become unsafe, hastily moving a patient undergoing
airway management did not include the removal of the IntraOral mask,
therefore providing a quicker re-engagement in patient care.
During our Bi-annual CPR Certification and the introduction to the Tactical Causality Care Under Fire Course, performance measures were identified to establish a baseline. All of the students and Instructors were given a commercial key chain CPR mask, Triangle CPR pocket mask and an IntraOral mask.
All participants were asked to perform to standard the techniques to maintain their CPR Certifications with all three of pieces of equipment and participate in a scenario where they were asked to relocate a patient during performing airway management in an active shooter situation. The student was required to drag the patient to a safe area and continue providing rescue breathing. The task, condition and standards were all the same. 88 students were used.
Each student, after performing the performance measures were asked to complete a (5) five question survey individually. The Survey questions were:
Q: In your opinion, which mask device did you find to be easier and most effective when:
1. Obtaining a seal?
2. Ease of transition from compressions to rescue breathing?
3. Single to double rescuer use?
4. Use with an adult, Child or infant?
5. Moving a patient during a hasty relocation?
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