Revolutionary new patient movement system developed by LA Fire Captain
Published: 19 July, 2011
Los Angeles-based EMSLED Tactical Inc. has announced the arrival of the Chameleon, a Mission Adaptable Rescue System (MARS). Winner of the 2010 EMS World “Innovation of the Year” it is designed as a modular, configurable, patient movement system.
The Chameleon serves as a multi-role platform that requires only a single rescuer to move a patient from a hazardous or remote tactical situation to a forward field care site with no appreciable fatigue factor on the rescuer. With the patented core platform and the patented expanded selection of modular components this rescue system is deployable as a collapsible, wheeled rescue apparatus for use as an all terrain patient transport system.
The Chameleon allows for spinal immobilization and is hoistable in both the vertical and horizontal configurations. It can be deployed in all weather conditions, serve as a water rescue platform and is easily maneuvered over snow, ice, and sand.
With its low profile and low center of gravity, the Chameleon enables a single rescuer to perform tasks that normally would require multiple personnel. This leads to the most efficient use of limited manpower in Mass Casualty Incidents.
As a collapsible platform, the Chameleon is easily carried in a backpack by a single rescuer into a tactical rescue situation. It enables movement to patients or use as a deployment vehicle for additional supplies. The Chameleon’s unique geometry has all but eliminated the rescuer fatigue factor, lower back strain (workman’s compensation issues) therefore, expanding the range and effective operational period of first responders.
When the Chameleon is placed into a chair configuration, modular components include a track system for patient movement up or down stairs by a single rescuer. Flotation bats are available for use in the marine environment. The Chameleon is easily attached to a bicycle for use by bike medic teams, allowing for patient movement to remote care sites.
The Chameleon’s compactness when stored allows it to be carried in a backpack, towed behind a bicycle, and used by a single rescuer in all weather conditions and environments.