Sternal IO: Fast and Reliable Vascular Access when Seconds Count
Military medical personnel, regardless of their training or assignment, are required to perform critical lifesaving medical procedures in austere, hostile and stressful situations. This includes accessing the vascular system to provide lifesaving fluids and medications.
Sternal Intraosseous Infusion (IO) is one of the fastest and easiest ways to access the vascular system and rapidly deliver emergency fluids and medication through the manubrium in the sternum.
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.