Scott Neusch, president of Advanced EMS Designs, said the firm’s most successful product—Board Armor®, a sterile disposable covering used by Emergency Medical Services teams, earned the “2012 Hot Products Award” at the EMS Today—The JEMS Conference and Exposition in Baltimore recently and followed that up a month later with the “2012 Innovation Award” at the EMS World EXPO in New Orleans.
Board Armor® is a patented high-grade plastic covering for medical spine boards—rigid frames–used to immobilize victims of neck and back injuries for transport to medical facilities.
Developed with funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate, Board Armor® was invented and developed by career firefighters and paramedics who saw a big problem firsthand and designed a solution for it, according to Neusch.
“We tested hundreds of spine boards in use and found that every single one of them was contaminated by one or more organic or noxious compounds, from petroleum products to blood, vomit and feces,” Neusch said.
Board Armor®, their solution, is manufactured in the U.S. of Tyvek plastic, a high-grade and cost-effective barrier that protects accident victims—who often have open wounds themselves—from contamination that might exist on a spine board.
Neusch said Board Armor® sales have been increasing steadily since Advanced EMS Designs licensed their manufacture to CSI Medical, Inc. in Tennessee.
Board Armor® is currently being evaluated by several metropolitan area EMS teams around the country, and the company is poised to be launched soon in the international market.
Advanced EMS Designs is a client company of the University of Central Florida Business Incubator in Winter Springs, Fla.