Main attributes of the Decompression Needle
North American Rescue participated in a two-year collaboration with pre-hospital providers, while continuously analyzed data obtained from ongoing combat operations for patients whose symptoms suggested a collapsed lung (difficulty in breathing, chest drains, etc.). Analytical Thinking, Evidence-based Medicine and Human Factors engineering models were applied to identify inherent survival stress behaviors. Then they went one step further and incorporated failsafe characteristics into the product design, for example, an easy-open container protects the needle from damage during deployment. Also, the flash cap was the flash cap from the needle system to allow immediate confirmation of placement.