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Composite materials for emergency rescues

An important feature of recovery and rescue operations is the equipment they use. Because such operations are undertaken usually in extreme and difficult situations, the equipment needs to be lightweight, tough, durable and compact-as well as offering the patient maximum support and assistance. Composite materials and their advent into the world of medical practice have a lot to offer in this region.
Composite materials for emergency rescues
Specialty equipment for rescue operations, whether in cities, remote mountain areas, subterranean caves, or at sea, is vital to the operation’s success. Rescuers demand a high degree of performance, durability and versatility from their equipment and it is here that composite materials can improve their odds. For example, in the past, the most effective treatment for hypothermia without a suitable heat source may have been a thick woolen blanket. Today, polyester lined bags that seep away moisture whilst allowing for retention of heat and wind-chill resistant offers both greater ratios of survival and fits into vastly smaller areas than that of a traditional woolen blanket.

A Romanian research institute has introduced several of its own, innovative composite products suitable for the emergency rescue services. One such product is a vacuum mattress that offers greater comfort and maximum weight support to the injured party. Another development is their spine splint, made from textile fabrics and alum bar, suitable to immobilise a patient in an upright condition.

Currently, the developers are conducting further developments, but are looking for manufacturing and marketing agreements.
Record Number: 80578 / Last updated on: 2005-09-18
Domain: Industrial Technologies