Product Reviews

Product Review: BuckleGarde

Post update 3/1 – another story published today about a teen being driven to a psychiatric hospital loosened his restraints and jumped from a moving ambulance. (Story at

Periodically I read or hear stories about patients, usually with known mental illness, that undo the cot buckles and jump from the moving ambulance. (news story from 10/2009) The BuckleGarde was created to block patients from undoing the cot buckle. In this short video I describe how the BuckleGarde is applied and released.

The BuckleGarde is a simple device that slides over the end of the buckle before securing. It can be easily released with a vehicle key or trauma shears. Learn more at

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.