Frequently Asked Questions

T-PODCombat Pelvic Stabilization Device

What is simultaneous circumferential compression?

When a sheet or other width of material is wrapped around the hips and tightens, it pulls harder at some points than at others. The inward pressure is not equal or balanced, causing uneven closure. Simultaneous circumferential closure compresses at every point around the pelvis with even, equal pressure.

Why is simultaneous circumferential compression so important?

Uneven pelvic compression may result in asymmetric pressures, decreased approximation of the pelvic fracture(s), continued blood loss, less pain reduction and pressure points on the skin and boney areas. Even, simultaneous circumferential compression is safer and more effective.

Can a patient be x-rayed while wearing T-PODCombat?

Yes. T-PODCombat is 100% radiolucent, x-ray, MRI, and CT scan compatible. T-PODCombat also has an XRD Tab (X-ray Detectable Tab) that will appear on x-ray, MRI and CT scans, allowing medical personal to visibly see that a T-PODCombat is in place.

Can a patient have an MRI or CT scan while wearing T-PODCombat?

T-PODCombat is 100% radiolucent, x-ray, MRI, and CT scan compatible. T-PODCombat also has an XRD Tab (X-ray Detectable Tab) that will appear on x-ray, MRI and CT scans, allowing medical personal to visibly see that a T-PODCombat is in place.

Is T-PODCombat fully radiolucent?

Yes. T-PODCombat is 100% radiolucent, x-ray, MRI, and CT scan compatible.

When to Use T-PODCombat

Should I put T-PODCombat on all patients suspected of a pelvic injury?

T-PODCombat can be used on all patients with a suspected pelvic injury, based on your level of training and organizational protocols. A rapidly and correctly applied T-PODCombat will reduce hemorrhage, need for transfusions, pain, length of hospital stay, and morbidity.

Are there any contraindications for T-PODCombat?

There have been no reported or documented contraindications. Delaying the use of T-PODCombat and not rapidly applying even, circumferential pressure may lead to increased blood loss/hemorrhage, pain, transfusions, length of hospital stay, and morbidity.

Can T-PODCombat Pelvic Stabilization Device be used on children?

Yes, ensure that you can have a 6”-8” gap on small children to ensure T-PODCombat effectiveness. You may also have to adjust the actual placement of the T-PODCombat depending on the child’s size.

Can a simple bed sheet be used to provide compression?

The bed sheet was an early first attempt to fill the need for a pelvic sling. Unfortunately, optimal tightness is extremely difficult to achieve and requires considerable torque. Pressure also loosens over time. In addition, with a bed sheet, the pelvic ring is rarely ever completely closed, compromising patient safety and comfort.

Using T-PODCombat

Can T-PODCombat be placed over clothes?

Yes; however, as in all patient care situations, it is always a good idea to remove clothing for proper patient assessment.

How much pressure is required to place T-PODCombat successfully?

The patented Mechanical Advantage pulley allows T-PODCombat to be easily drawn closed with one hand and without straining.

How long can T-PODCombat be kept in place?

The Manufacturer recommends replacing T-PODCombat when soiled or after every 24 hours of use. Healthcare providers should release tension every 12 hours to check for skin integrity and provide wound care as necessary.

How is the groin accessed for interventional radiology (angiography)?

T-PODCombat was designed to allow easy access for angiography while not compromising the compression achieved with the device. Simply cut out a notch in the fabric in the appropriate area.

T-PODCombat and Safety

How tightly should T-PODCombat be applied and can it be over-tightened?

There have been no reported cases of over-tightening or complications when T-PODCombat is applied correctly. Ideal tension is assured by leaving a 6-8” gap over the front of the pelvis when cutting the belt. Resistance will be felt as the T-PODCombat tightens around the pelvis, providing stabilization and compression. The healthcare provider should check distal neurovascular status before and after application.

Can T-PODCombat be re-used?

No. T-PODCombat should not be re-used for two reasons:

  1. It is custom-cut to fit each patient.
  2. Universal blood/body-fluid precautions must be followed.