Safe Transport Restraining Apparatus Unison System
Safer, more reliable EMS transportation for everyone.
The Safe Transport Restraining Apparatus Unison System (Strapus) Harness is an innovative patient-restraining system designed for use in all emergency transportation scenarios. Strapus was created to increase patient and medic safety and provide better patient outcomes. Strapus does this by disrupting combative patients from easily unbuckling themselves while medical professionals administer life-saving care. Also, Strapus’ revolutionary shoulder harness safely secures patients during transportation while simultaneously allowing full unobstructed access to the abdomen, chest, and neck. Strapus Harness utilizes wireless technology on the buckles to obstruct patient’s ability to unbuckle mid-transport, and state of the art ergonomic design to safely and securely transport patients. The design and technology provide the patient with a comfortable and safe restraint, securing the patient with a leg strap, hip harness, and shoulder harness. Strapus Harness will create safer, more reliable EMS transportation for everyone.
Since the invention of the seat belt equipped ambulance cot, medics have consistently run into the same problems:
Straps don’t safely secure the patient and
Straps that do secure the patient are difficult to use and obstruct vital anatomy like the abdomen, chest, and neck
There are also numerous scenarios where medics must interact with a combative patient; a patient who struggles due to confusion, substance-related issues, dementia, etc. In these situations, a patient’s “go to” move is to unbuckle their seat belt.
A patient who self-releases from restraints places EMS professionals in the position of managing a patient’s behavior, rather than focusing on administering the life-saving care the patient needs.
Does that scenario sound familiar to you? If so, you may have found yourself choosing between safely securing your patient to prevent him from causing harm to himself or you, and performing your job effectively. Maybe you have you tried the following “solution”?
Chemical restraints like:
These sedatives can be useful in a pinch. However, medics know that administering chemical restraints is not always easy and without knowing how the patient will respond, it can be dangerous to use this method.
The last thing that a patient under the influence needs is more powerful pharmaceuticals coursing through his veins. While some geriatric patients simply cannot handle the harsh effects of chemical restraints, period.
Another option commonly utilized are limb restraints or hard restraints in the worst situations. However, these solutions aren’t without issue either.
For instance, many ambulances aren’t equipped with these types of restraints or have strict protocols severely restricting their use. It is common for an ambulance lack shoulder straps, let alone limb restraints, and it seems like whenever a call comes through where an extra set of hands is needed, your crew is low on manpower.
These situations and restraints work in ideal scenarios if you have the resources, AND if you have an extra set of hands to apply them. However, this is often not the case.
Some medics have even attempted to improvise restraints with the equipment they have on hand. One common strategy is to turn the waist buckle over in an attempt to provide a few extra seconds to get a handle on the patient before the “cage door” is opened.
Shoulder straps should be used, but sadly not all ambulances are equipped, and in many cases, the shoulder restraints are bulky, difficult to use, and get in the way.
Still, these “solutions” are tolerable options with 2+ medics on hand, an LEO, or with ample time to prepare. The reality is, however, that EMTs are low on manpower, often lack resources, and don’t have a crystal ball.
Unfortunately, this means that rather than administering critical patient care at the moment it is needed, you and the patient struggle until the drugs kick in.
It is not an exaggeration depicting the problematic truth of a patient who will not comply when equipment does not safely secure them during transportation, not to speak of the severe safety risk that transporting without proper restraints presents.
Today, medics have power cots, Bluetooth operated stair chairs and iPads. However, restraints, harnesses, and strap belt technology have not changed in over 60 years.
There was no simple answer to solving the issues of combative patients, security, safety, and accessibility until the Strapus Harness.
The Safe Transport Restraining Apparatus Unison System (Strapus) Harness is a new patient-restraining system designed for use in all emergency medical transportation scenarios that address all the issues listed above.
Innovative Shoulder Harness
Strapus’ unique design is the only patient-restraining system that allows EMS professionals full unobstructed access to all vital areas of anatomy including the abdomen, chest, and neck so that they can provide the highest quality of care in any situation. Strapus is designed to keep medics and patients safer while improving patient outcomes.
Wireless obstruction technology
Strapus disallows combative patients from easily unbuckling themselves while lifesaving care is being administered by utilizing wireless obstruction technology that allows medics the power, with the push of a button, to obstruct the press release function of the buckle. When the obstruction technology isn’t engaged, Strapus functions as a typical quick-release buckle, giving EMS professionals all the tools they need to keep their patient safe in any circumstance. Obstruction buckles can also be outfitted on the leg strap and shoulder harness for even more control and safety.
Using state-of-the-art ergonomic design to comfortably, safely, and securely transport patients Strapus includes a leg strap, a 4-point hip harness, and an innovative shoulder harness. Strapus ensures that no matter the size, shape, or condition of your patient, he will make it to the destination safely meeting all CAAS and SAE requirements.
Lightweight and easy to operate
Strapus was designed by paramedics, with paramedics in mind. We created Strapus with the intent of making our harness the easiest to use, safest, and the cleanest restraining system available. Buckles are made from aluminum, harnesses from highest quality non-permeable straps making it ultra-durable, lightweight, easily adjustable, and stain resistant.
Strapus was created to be used with any ambulance cot without the need for complicated installations or modifications. Strapus has a unique quick-adjustment attachment system that will securely connect to any stretcher on the market, quickly and easily.