With a new black design, the T-PODCombat Pelvic Stabilization Device is specifically designed to be used in combat and military situations. Ideally suited for difficult terrain and situations, T-PODCombat can be quickly applied in the field by one person using an easy-to-tighten pulley system. With a highly flexible design, T-PODCombat is small and compact, is one-size-fits-all, and can remain on through MRI, X-Ray and CT scans.
WHEN SECONDS COUNT, YOU NEED A PELVIC STABILIZATION DEVICE THAT IS EASY TO APPLY BY ONE PERSON IN THE FIELD AND DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REMOVED FOR MRI, X-RAY AND CT SCANS.
Based on the design of our popular T-POD product, T-PODCombat features a thinner and more compact design (a 3-4mm thickness compared to the 7-8mm thickness of T-POD). The new 100% polyurethane material is thinner, breathable, latex-free, durable, contains moisture wicking capabilities and will not fray even when cut to size.
Pelvic fractures account for approximately 3% of all diagnosed skeletal fractures. The pelvis is a specified anatomic area of the body. It is a complex structure composed of bones and ligaments. The major functions of the pelvis are to support the body, protect a variety of internal organs and blood cell production. Traumatic pelvic fractures occur most commonly at the symphysis pubis, pubic rami and lateral to the sacroiliac joints. Pelvic fractures are most commonly produced by a blunt trauma event with significant deceleration energy. There are a variety of common classification systems in use based on the directions of the forces involved and the movement of the various bones from their normal positions.
The most common causes of pelvic fractures are motor vehicle collisions, pedestrian versus motor vehicle collisions and motorcycle accidents. Other common causes are falls by the elderly, falls from greater than 3.6 meters for younger patients and a variety of sports injuries.
Pelvic fractures present a difficult pre-hospital and hospital treatment challenge and have a very high mortality rate. There is a great diversity in mortality rate secondary to pelvic trauma; studies demonstrate a mortality rate of 5% to 50%. The major reason for this high mortality rate is significant hemorrhage that may occur in the pelvis with minimal external signs. The significant bleeding that occurs with pelvic fractures is mainly due to the presence of numerous major blood vessels that are in the pelvis and the high vascularity of the organs that are in the pelvis. Additionally, retroperitoneal bleeding may be a major complication leading to the loss of up to 6 liters of blood. Because of the high forces required to produce pelvic fractures these injuries are also an indicator for significant comorbidities and concomitant injuries.
Rapid assessment, stabilization and compression are critical to minimizing mortality in the treatment of pelvic fractures. For thousands of years splinting and stabilization has been the traditional treatment for fractures. The use of a sheet, pneumatic anti-shock garment (PASG) or military anti-shock trousers (MAST) and a vacuum type or long board splinting device have been the traditional means to stabilize, compress and approximate the bones of a pelvic fracture. During the last 15 years external fixation is emerging as a hospital based treatment for pelvic fractures.
Another new group of devices for pelvic fractures are Pelvic Orthotic Devices (PODs). Numerous studies discuss the numerous benefits of Pelvic Orthotic Devices. The most obvious benefit is that they can be applied rapidly, even in the pre-hospital environment, to compress the pelvis, stabilize the bones and rapidly limit blood loss.