SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 2013 Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) in Fort Lauderdale, Vidacare Corporation will be launching the T.A.L.O.N.™ (Tactically Advanced Lifesaving Intraosseous Needle) Intraosseous Vascular Access System for military use.
The T.A.L.O.N. system is a groundbreaking single needle solution for vascular access that provides combat life savers and medics with rapid and accurate manual IO access to seven FDA cleared IO sites – proximal tibia (below the knee), distal tibia (ankle), proximal humerus (shoulder) and the sternum. The T.A.L.O.N. system is the first IO system to meet all Committee on Tactical Casualty Care (CoTCCC) recommendations for IO devices.
T.A.L.O.N. provides rapid vascular access through the intraosseous (inside the bone) space and helps deliver vital fluids and drugs through this space, the body's largest non-collapsible vein, to injured soldiers safely and quickly. T.A.L.O.N. is a non-powered vascular access option that complements Vidacare's powered EZ-IO® Intraosseous Vascular Access System that is widely utilized in combat medicine today.
This system is designed to provide battlefield responders a tactical advantage needed in the combat zone via its lightweight and minimal cube design, proven ability to gain vascular access quickly and safely, and its versatility because no additional intraosseous vascular access gear or tools are needed. As with any vascular access site, the IO insertion site should be monitored frequently and the system should be used only when anatomical landmarks can be clearly identified and in accordance with the T.A.L.O.N. system's instructions for use.
The T.A.L.O.N. system will be commercially available in the United States starting in early Q4 2013.
"This system is designed specifically to address the needs and concerns of military personnel treating patients under strenuous conditions. The T.A.L.O.N. system will help achieve vascular access and save lives when seconds count," said Mark Mellin, President and CEO of Vidacare Corporation.
T.A.L.O.N. will be sold to the military market through an exclusive relationship with Combat Medical Systems.
"The 7-site access achievable with T.A.L.O.N. will give medical responders a distinct life-saving advantage during casualty resuscitation. We are excited to launch this device with Vidacare, and we are certain it will have an immediate positive impact in tactical medicine," said Corey Russ, President, Combat Medical Systems.
Established in 2001, Vidacare Corporation is the pioneer of a broad technology platform for accessing the intraosseous (inside the bone) space. Current products include the EZ-IO® Intraosseous Vascular Access System and the OnControl® Bone Access System. Applications include vascular access, emergency and disaster medicine, oncology and spinal surgery. Vidacare's focus on enhancing clinical efficacy, patient safety and comfort, and reducing complications and their associated costs, has resulted in its devices becoming the recognized technology standard. Privately held, the company is based in San Antonio, Texas, and its products are marketed in over 50 countries worldwide. www.vidacare.com
Combat Medical Systems was founded in 2008 by a team of experienced military medical personnel and industry product specialists with a mission to simplify tactical medicine. Headquartered in Fayetteville, N.C., nearby Ft. Bragg acts as its catalyst to staying current with medical trends and product development. (www.combatmedicalsystems.com)
SOURCE Combat Medical Systems