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EMS Tools: Rapid Patient Clothing Removal Products

We said, “We are going to cut away your pant leg to look at your wound.”

The kid started to scream. Whoa, wait a minute. “Why are you upset?”

“Don’t cut my leg off!” he stammered between sobs.

The kid heard us say, “We are going to cut off your leg.”

Removing patient clothing is typically done with a trauma scissors or shears. Steve Whitehead wrote a great post recently about rapid patient clothing removal. (The Art of Using Trauma Shears)

Recently, I was alerted to two alternatives to the scissors for patient clothing removal.

The Raptor is a new tool in the development phase. The designer, Tom DeRosa, is looking for partners to help him manufacturer and distribute the product. Check out the Raptor – the emergency clothing extractor.

The S-CUT(tm) is an emergency cutting tool for emergency services. It is already available in Europe and is coming to the United States. Learn about the S-CUT.

Scissors Alternative

If I was going to replace my trauma shears I would need a product that was as effective, about the same price, and able to do the different things I can do with a scissors.

Would you try the Raptor or S-CUT?

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.