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Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by D25, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. D25

    D25 The Quick

    Jan 26, 2003
    What do you guys have for interossious access? I learned with the little blue ones that you manually twist in (Jam Shedi, I think?), and have watched those and BIG used.

    I recently used EZ-IO, and was pleased with its speed and ease of opperation. Just curious what else is out there, and what y'all think about what you use.
  2. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY

  3. RyanNREMTP

    RyanNREMTP Inactive/Banned

    Jun 16, 2007
    Waco, Texas
    We use those blue twist in ones here. Only for pedi use under the age of 5 IIRC. I haven't had to use one yet, thank god.

    Our MD is looking at the gun one as a possible replacement.
  4. dan1leg


    Jun 1, 2005
    1.The EZ IO. Approved for Pedi and Adult use ( with the appropriate needle). seems to be the favored with serivces in my area. I have use it one time, and been around for a couple others who used it. It worked well and was truly easy. I am not to hot on the humeral placement, proximal and distal tibia seem pretty easy. Draw back is it ain't cheap at about $100 each use.

    2.The Pyng Device/Sternal IO. For adults only. I think it is a POS. Used it multiple times while working as a flight nurse/medic. Success rate for our 7 base aircraft system was only about 65%. Advantage is it could be used when others couln't due to extremity trauma.

    3.The B.I.G. Bone injection Gun. Haven't used them , but we just got them where I work ground now. Other services report mediocre success. I hear they have a pedi one now as well.

    4.The good Old Jam****i Needle ( AKA , the blue manual ones we all learned on). Work well in kids and acutally can be used on adults.

    I/O is a great tool when used appropriately. I believe these are all the options.

    I teach Paramedic now and I let them "play"/Learn with each one.

    Good Luck,

  5. HarleyArcher


    Mar 25, 2008
    EZ IO is the only way to go for and Adult. Jam ****ty ones work great on kids. We had the BIG and they are as worthless as **** on a boar hog. POS and should be dc. Just my .02 Bryan
  6. Fire_Medic

    Fire_Medic Polymer Butcher CLM

    May 19, 2008
    The Gunshine State
    I learned with the blue twisty ones in school, but my department has the EZ IO for both Ped's and Adults and it's just so easy to use and works every time.
  7. huskerbuttons


    Jan 25, 2008
    SW Ohio
    B.I.G both adult and pedi. They work well but you have to TRAIN with them or you will inject it into your hand. One of my medics did that and it looked like it hurt! We couldn't stop laughing long enough to help him...
  8. D25

    D25 The Quick

    Jan 26, 2003
    Thanks for the feedback. I guess my first impression of the EZ-IO is normal.
  9. RLDS45S


    Jun 8, 2003
    The EZ IO is a great advancement.....but the old blue ones when inserted properly worked well.....gotta love them chicken drum sticks for practice!:rofl:
  10. DPH11


    Jan 26, 2006
    We still have the manual blue IO needles but keep trying for the EZ IO. The local flight program has them, so I've seen them used. Looks pretty fast and easy! Also have seen the video where the doc does one on a conscious patient and its rated as being less painful than a regular IV. We keep fighting the good fight for them.
  11. Stopdropnroll

    Stopdropnroll Moderator Millennium Member

    Jan 7, 1999
    Clackamas County, OR
    EZ IO in Clackamas County OR (Portland East Metro area)

  12. firemedic140


    Mar 26, 2008
    Grabill, IN
    FAST1 works pretty good too. If your bored sometime go to you tube. Look up I/O or IO. pretty good videos of some concious people getting them!