Monthly Archives November 2011

Transit Driver Safety: Bio Med Wash Eye Wash & First Aid Spray

Posted by leedman on November 26, 2011  /   Posted in Press Release

Transit drivers are subject to the possibility of anything happening along city bus routes. With people from all walks of life, routes that pass through the most depraved neighborhoods, and the drunken craziness of weekend early mornings, these drivers face unspeakable abuse at times, and have their personal safety jeopardized every day.

Buses are already properly equipped with a well stocked and supplied first aid kit, ready for nearly any emergency. They’re not all the way there yet though. Every bus would do well to have an AED on board for assisted CPR. More importantly, every driver should have access to eyewash and a first aid wash to deal with possible contaminants, particulate in the eye, and even liquids from what people spit, drink, or otherwise dispense from body or containers. Not a pretty picture.

These incidents are not a common daily occurrence but they do happen, and often enough to constitute a problem that needs some alternatives to properly manage the risks to public and driver health and safety. A driver’s eyesight is of critical importance for the task at hand.

Bio Med Wash emergency eyewash comes in conveniently sized cans, and a variety of options for equipping personnel.

  • Hip Holster for 3oz or 7oz cans
  • Single Mounts for in-vehicle 7oz cans
  • Soft-Sided Bag to carry 12-15 cans
For worst-case scenarios, a bus carrying 12-15 cans is not such an unreasonable idea. However, it would also be a very expensive eyewash program just to prepare for the worst case scenario. More often than not, intermediate steps don’t typically need to be that extravagant and the most common risk factor, the driver, having access to a personal eyewash, the cost-benefit would be far more justifiable. These decisions are best made by each company’s Safety Committee; and if you don’t have one – start one.
As you can see, there are numerous scenarios where the application of an emergency eyewash, or wound wash, calls for quick access to Bio Med Wash. Remaining sterile, due to its method of application and delivery, this eyewash can provide multiple sprays for multiple victims, within the 60-90 seconds of spray time. Properly trained personnel, able to respond having access to their own personal eyewash, can then turn their attention more efficiently and effectively on other potential victims.
Visit the Distributors Directory to find a Bio Med Wash distributor close to you. If they need cameras on today’s buses, drivers need access to an easy-to-use eyewash and first aid spray that is as versatile and advanced as Bio Med Wash.

Recent News

Vancouver Sun: Bus drivers renew calls for more Transit police as on-board assaults rise

On average a TransLink driver is assaulted almost every other day in Metro Vancouver, usually over fare disputes.

 

Bio Med Wash Outdoors in the Winter – It will freeze!

Posted by leedman on November 24, 2011  /   Posted in Press Release

Eyewash, whether this product or another, will freeze if left outside (in vehicles or trailers) for extended periods of time.

What happens if the eyewash freezes?

If Bio Med Wash freezes, it can be thawed and the contents will remain completely unaffected. With some saline solution eyewashes, once they freeze crystals will separate from the solution and quite often won’t disappear after being thawed. Now you have particles in your eyewash solution that renders it ineffective as an eyewash. With Bio Med Wash, this won’t happen as it is pure water (tissue-culture grade).

Even without freezing, the water or saline of any eyewash product will be so cold, that the experience of washing out eyes could be rather uncomfortable, and possibly even painful; brain-freeze ayone?

So what can we do?

Eyewash carry bag

12 or 15 can soft-side bag

Bio Med Wash also has a convenient carry-bag (soft-side) with padding that can act as an insulative barrier. The trick, is how to keep the contents in the bag warm?

Speaking with an end-user customer with a number of their crew working outside, the simple solution of buying the soft-side bag for the eyewash for your 7oz cans, and adding a few handwarmers (maybe one will be enough) inside the bag to create a safe heat-source. In this way, the interior of the bag will help prevent freezing of the eyewash, and of course, adds the element of portability for outdoor workers that need to keep eyewash within reach and usable.

Find a Bio Med Wash Distributor Near You

Posted by leedman on November 22, 2011  /   Posted in Press Release

 

Bio Med Wash Twin Pack

Western Safety Products Ltd. has been working hard to establish relationships with other first aid and safety suppliers across Canada. With the network of stores carrying the Bio Med Wash product growing across Canada, we felt it necessary to help bridge the connections so you can find a source closest to you. If your first aid and safety supplier is not currently carrying the Bio Med Wash product, they can approach us to inquire about distributor terms.

Visit the Distributor page and if you see someone missing, send us a note with the details.

First Ever Eye Wash Application Carried on the Belt

Posted by leedman on November 18, 2011  /   Posted in Press Release

Remember the 9/11 disaster? The chaos, the dust and debris, the fire fighters covered in all sorts of grime, everyone looking for shelter from the unsavoury atmosphere?

First responders have never had a personal, portable, handheld device, carried on the belt, to immediately clear impaired vision. When there is a disaster involving smoke, fire, particulate matter, perspiration, explosion, heat, dust or chemical fumes, the eyes are compromised first.

When eyesight is compromised, lives may be lost.

Sharon and Bill Kleyne, co-founders of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, became deeply concerned about this dilemma as they watched the 9/11/01 disaster unfold. Inspired, they pursued a vision and during their research and development phase, which included interviews with police, military, fire fighters, rescue workers, and Homeland Security, they discovered that in the twin towers collapse, and many other disasters, lives were lost because evacuees and rescuers got perspiration, dust, fumes and smoke in their eyes and they could not see to find their way out. An easy-to-use, personal, portable handheld device for clearing vision, carried at the belt, would have saved many lives.

There was no such product on 9/11/01. There is now!

Application of this new emergency breakthrough product, Bio Med Wash all-natural, all-green first aid wash for eyes and skin, is surprisingly immediate, easy and safe. The device may be deployed to the eyes while walking or running, without disorientation, burning or blurring. Bio Med Wash contains 100% Bio-Logic Aqua tissue culture grade water (our TRADE SECRET) applied as a spray to naturally and gently flush and hydrate the eyes.

Bio Med Wash provides a proactive portable benefit to temporarily wash and maintain the first responder’s affected eyesight. Bio-Logic Aqua Research recommends that every emergency responder carry this device and that they deploy a new container for each rescue operation (although previously actuated and partially used containers remain 100% safe and effective). Apply Bio Med Wash to irrigate, wash and soothe eyes (and skin) compromised by smoke, fire, particulate matter, perspiration, explosions, heat, dust, chemcial fumes, OC (pepper) spray, tear gas, and much more.

To achieve the goal of having no additional lives lost to compromised eyesight, Bio-Logic Aqua Research woud like to assure that all first responders have the opportunity to carry Bio Med Wash on their belt and are trained in the product’s application. Eventually, many buildings and worksites will be outfitted with Bio Med Wash eye wash stations so that evacuees, as well as rescue workers, will have access to the product in an emergency.

This personal, portable handheld device will save lives!

 

Preventing and Lessening Eye Injuries

Posted by leedman on November 15, 2011  /   Posted in The Eyes

Eye Protection and Emergency First Aid

Note: According to the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary (1995), “to injure” is defined as, “to impair the soundness of.” Based on this extremely broad definition, the term “eye injury,” as used by eye care and emergency professionals, can refer to conditions ranging from the mildly uncomfortable (soap in the eye or squinting due to air pollution) to catastrophic trauma (eye penetration by a foreign object).

Eyesight Threats.

” In an emergency, eyesight threats may arise from smoke, heat, dust, fumes, airborne chemicals and particles, perspiration into the tear film, tear gas and pepper spray, mechanical injuries and impact trauma from flying objects. Injuries from of these threats may often be prevented or lessened through good eye safety practices.

” Eyesight threats may also be present in non-emergency situations. They could be caused by cleaning fluid fumes, auto exhaust, slicing onions, prolonged computer use, perspiration into the tear film, an eyelash in the eye, home shop accidents, and even insulated windows and walls and forced-air heating and cooling (which can be dehydrating to the eye’s protective tear film). These injuries may also be prevented or mitigated with good eye safety practices.

” Unprotected exposure to these eyesight threats could result in consequences ranging from mild eye discomfort to serious and permanent eye damage. Symptoms could include blurred or impaired vision, pain, dehydration (dry eye), eye strain; burning, itchy or watery eyes; eye diseases and serious physical injury (catastrophic trauma). Symptoms may be mild (sub-acute) or temporarily disorienting, or they could result in permanent eye damage and eyesight impairment or loss.

Eye Protection and First Aid.

  • Remember that in an emergency such as a burning building, impaired eyesight from dust, smoke, fumes or perspiration, could make it more difficult or impossible to get out and could cost you your life.
  • Healthy, well hydrated eyes will serve you far better in an emergency. It pays to educate yourself about eye care and practice good eye health on a daily basis.
  • Before engaging in an activity where eye injuries could occur, always:
    • Know what to do in an emergency.
    • Have a predetermined emergency first aid plan for eye and other injuries.
    • Follow good safety precautions and procedures.
    • Have emergency first aid materials available.
  • The best way to prevent eye injuries, especially from foreign objects and harmful substances, is to wear protective eyewear when in high risk situations. If you have corrective lenses, you are less likely to have an accident if you wear them.
  • Chronically dehydrated eyes, which lack sufficient moisture (water) in the protective overlying tear film, are more susceptible to certain eye injuries than fully hydrated eyes.

Specific Situations.

Fumes, smoke, tear gas, pepper spray, airborne chemicals. These conditions can make it difficult or impossible to see in an emergency and may cause permanent damage. They can also create discomfort by altering the tear film’s pH (acidity/alkalinity), osmolarity (moisture attracting ability) and moisture content. Protective eyewear helps shield eyes from certain airborne irritants. Should discomfort become extreme, irrigate eyes with a sterile eye wash spray such as Bio Med Wash, other eye wash devices, or water from a plumbed eyewash station.

Chemical or thermal burns to eyes, eyelids or skin. Spray or irrigate eyes with copious amounts of water or liquid (Bio Med Wash spray, other eye wash devices or a plumbed eyewash station). Do not blot burned areas unless caused by a chemical, such as pepper spray or tear gas that will continue to burn unless removed. If injury is severe, bandage and seek immediate medical assistance. Keep burned areas moist by spraying with a water mist. (Note: Some chemical eye washes may compound the negative effect of harmful chemicals.)

Perspiration and sunburn. Solar exposure is dehydrating to both eyes and skin and could increase perspiration run-off into the eyes, thus increasing the tear film’s salt concentration and causing discomfort. Sunburn is extremely dehydrating to eyes, and to eyelid skin that protects the eyes. Drink plenty of water during extended solar exposure or during situations that make you perspire. Water with added salt is best (a Gatorade type drink). The amount of needed water increases with temperature and activity level, but eight glasses per day are recommended. Moisturize eyes and skin with a water eye and facial mist and by drinking plenty of water.

Foreign objects (catastrophic trauma). For small objects such as sand or metal filings, irrigate and flush the affected eye with copious amounts of water, from either an all-water eye spray, plumbed eyewash station or other eye wash system, until the object(s) is removed. If there is (or if you suspect) penetration, severe pain, profuse watering or corneal scratching, bandage the eye and seek medical attention. Do not try to wash out particles that have penetrated the corneal membrane.

Contact lenses. For most eye injuries, if there is a contact lens in the eye, leave it place while flushing, irrigating or bandaging. Remove the lens only when first aid treatment is completed and the eye begins to feel normal.

Eye strain, stress, fatigue and allergies can cause body, eyes and skin to lose moisture and cause eye discomfort. Moisturize the eyes with a water mist and by drinking plenty of water.

Low humidity, heat, cold and wind increase moisture evaporation from the body’s external surfaces (eyes, skin, breathing passages) causing skin chapping, eye discomfort, dry eye, etc. Low humidity may become an eye threat in both warm and cold weather. Moisturize the eyes with a water mist and by drinking plenty of water.

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Bio Med Wash; New Hand-Held Emergency Eye Wash

Posted by leedman on November 15, 2011  /   Posted in Press Release

Bio-Logic Aqua Research, of Grants Pass, Oregon, announces the first hand held emergency eye wash and skin wash device for first aid and emergency response. How will this breakthrough product, Bio Med Wash, save lives?

Smoke, heat and dust may make it impossible to see. Plumbed eyewash stations require stopping and are intended for single person use. Chemical washes may cause blurred vision, disorientation and allergic reaction.

And now, in response to requests by emergency medical professionals, there is BIO MED WASH.

Bio Med Wash is an all-natural first aid water wash for eyes, skin and wounds. Bio Med Wash can be used for irritation due to dust, smoke, heat, fumes, pepper spray, wounds, burns, skin irritants, etc.

Bio Med Wash utilizes bag-on-valve technology, releasing a pressurized sterile water spray. It remains sterile under unsanitary conditions – even when the unit is partially expended.

Bio Med Wash is a hand-held trigger grip device, and can be carried in a pocket or on belt, and may be actuated while running and safely handed off to multiple individuals!

Bio Med Wash is the fastest growing first aid device in sales in the US and Canada. Bio Med Wash has been sold to and endorsed by major US police departments and US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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