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EMT-Designed Glass Keeper Provides Glass-Free Access To Car Accident Victims In Less Than 45 Seconds

Date: 2012-05-23
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Faster and Safer Extraction For Victim and Rescuer With Inexpensive Peel-Away Adhesive Film

Every year in the United States over half a million victims require extraction from their vehicles. To maximize survival and minimize additional injury, it is critical that the injured be removed as quickly and as safely as possible. When the vehicle window is punched-in for access to the patient, a dangerous situation can be made worse. The broken glass that showers the interior and exterior of the vehicle leaves razor sharp shards that impede the safe and quick removal of the victim and rescuer. Equally important, navigating over the broken glass puts unnecessary time constraints on the critical first 10 minutes of the “Golden Hour.”

To avoid additional injury to the victim during the extrication process, firefighters and EMT personnel can now safely and quickly “peel away” an automobile window rather than smashing it into the vehicle and surrounding area. The Glass Keeper adhesive film designed by an Emergency Medical Technician, quickly attaches to the car window and secures the glass. After the window is ”punched” by the rescuer, the Glass Keeper captures and removes 95% of the broken glass. The entire process takes less than 45 seconds. Without the fear of further injury, the firefighter will have immediate “glass-free” access to the patient.

“With the Glass Keeper, just apply it to the window, break the glass, pull it off and you’re done. You’re in. It’s clean and it’s quick,” according to Tim Scott, a 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.“ In less than a minute, Glass Keeper gives you direct access to the patient. It’s a much more expedient process and it keeps us within that ‘Golden Hour’ to get the patient to the hospital. Using the Glass Keeper to keep the glass out of the vehicle creates a safer environment for everyone involved.”

Freeing up the time of valuable rescue workers, the Glass Keeper adhesive film window removal system takes only one person to attach it to the car window and remove the glass. No tools or additional cutting are required. Manufactured with a tenacious adhesive, the Glass Keeper securely bonds to car windows whether they are clean, wet or dirty.

For more information, including a video on Glass Keeper, click here

- Product Profiles / (via Glass Keeper, 5/8/12)



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