Why Intraosseous Infusion and FASTTactical?
A Safe, Effective and Fast Alternative to Traditional Intravenous Access
- Any fluid or medication that can be delivered intravenously (by IV), can be delivered via IO at approximately the same or faster rate.
- As an accepted standard of care and treatment modality, IO infusion is endorsed by the American Heart Association, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses, as well as the European Resuscitation Council. IO is also taught as part of military medicine training and Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines.
- FASTTactical can be placed and vascular access achieved in 10 seconds (essentially equivalent to a central venous line) with medications reaching the heart within 30 seconds.
- The Sternum is the easiest and most reliable IO site to locate and place. The Humeral site is difficult to locate and it’s hard to keep devices in place during transport. The Tibia site gives poor flow rates as compared to Humeral and Sternal IO sites.
- Clinical data indicates the Sternal route for IO (as compared to humeral or tibial) improves patient outcomes. See go.pyng.com/sternal-io for details.
- FASTTactical is the most reliable and easy to use IO device featuring an all-in-one design, with no drilling, batteries, multiple parts, or needles to choose.
- Pyng Medical is the pioneer in Sternal IO technology. FASTTactical is based on the trusted & proven design of Pyng’s FAST1 Sternal IO System, which has been used by the US Military for more than 13 years.
“When time and venous access are imperative, FAST can pull any provider out of a jam – any level of provider can place it effectively.” Lt. Lanney C. Jones, Chief Flight Paramedic, MS Medflight IE, Richmond, VA
Pioneering Sternal IO Technology Since 1997
Pyng Medical is the pioneer in sternal intraosseous infusion technology. In 1997, Pyng received clearance for FAST1, the first FDA-cleared IO system designed specifically for use in the sternum during adult emergency intervention. In 2008, FAST1 was cleared for use in adolescents 12 years of age and over. FAST1 has been trusted and used by military and combat personnel for more than 12 years. In fact, more military and combat personnel use FAST1 sternal IO than any other sternal or tibial IO device.
In 2013, Pyng launched FASTResponder, which includes all the trusted and proven features of FAST1, but modified to specifically meet the needs of civilian emergency medical services and hospital critical care personnel. FASTCombat was launched soon after, a device similar in all ways to FASTResponder, but in combat colors. In 2016, Pyng introduced FASTTactical for both civilian and military use.
FASTTactical is built on the design of FASTResponder & FASTCombat, but includes unique rigid tube packaging making it ideal to fit in medical bags, while protecting the device and keeping it sterile.
Who is FASTTactical Sternal IO for?
FASTTactical is designed for use by both the military and in civilian pre-hospital and hospital settings whenever fast vascular access is required or when traditional intravenous access fails. The success rates for IO infusion are as high as or higher than for traditional IV infusion. Additionally, IO Infusion is an accepted standard of care and treatment modality. It is endorsed by the American Heart Association, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses as well as the European Resuscitation Council. IO Infusion is also taught as part of military medicine training and Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines.
When it comes to establishing critical vascular access in the field, seconds count. That’s why emergency medical services and first responders count on FASTTactical Sternal IO. With no batteries required, FASTTactical is the most reliable IO option available in the field. And with a low profile design, tubing remains in place when transporting patients in difficult conditions, including loading patients into ambulances or aircraft.
Pyng Medical’s FAST1 device has been trusted by the military for years. Now, the military can access the next generation device featuring an all-in-one design and hard rigid tube packaging to take up as little space as possible – while protecting the IO device from damage in extreme conditions.
Small and portable with no batteries required, FASTTactical is a smart addition to every crash cart and critical care unit. When intravenous access fails, emergency nurses and doctors can quickly gain vascular access using a reliable sternal IO that relies on operator force only and features automatic depth control. No drilling or spring loading.
Why Sternal IO?
Sternal IO for Vascular Access
Traditionally, intravenous (IV) access has been used for rapid fluid and medication administration during resuscitation. IV access times and the ability to start an IV vary greatly among users and the situational environment. Starting an IV on a patient with hypovolemic shock or cardiac arrest presents a real challenge. Alternatives to IV access such as central venous catheterization or a venous cut-down are very time consuming and challenging in the best of situations. Most pre-hospital medical personnel are not equipped or trained to perform these procedures. Intraosseous (IO) Infusion systems enable the user to rapidly, safely and effectively administer emergency fluids and medications into the vascular system through the bone marrow..
The primary indication for use for IO Infusion is the need for rapid or emergent vascular access when conventional/intravenous access has failed.
Many organizations define this as two failed IV attempts. IO Infusion is an accepted standard of care and treatment modality. It is endorsed by the American Heart Association, Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses as well as the European Resuscitation Council. IO Infusion is also taught as part of military medicine training and Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines. Success rates for IO infusion are as high as or higher than IV.
Think of the bone marrow as the “non-collapsible vein”.
Any fluids or medications that can be administered via IV can also be administered via IO Infusion. Flow rates and volume that can be delivered by IO Infusion are comparable to IV and the time for fluids or medications to reach the vasculature, concentrations in the blood, and effects on target organs are similar between IO Infusion and IV. Pyng Medical’s FASTTactical™ Sternal IO device is safe to use in patients 12 years of age and older. Procedures to administer IO infusion are relatively simple and can be taught quickly to all medical providers in military, pre-hospital, or hospital environments. FASTTactical can be used safely and effectively during CPR, so that CPR guidelines can be followed, and also can be used when a cervical spine collar is in place.