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Extrication "Quick Tip" #12 (Fast Shears)

This weeks quick tip refers to what I call "Fast Shears". While working on extrication scenes we all know there is a long list of objects that will need to be cut (seatbelts, various plastic, wiring, wiring boots, weather stripping, patients clothing, etc). Many times they are small and "annoying" objects that don't warrant the psi and time taken using hydraulic cutters. Everyone claims to carry trauma shears or a cutting device, however more often than not the tool is "missing" when called upon. The way we fixed this problem was by using a cheap bungee and mounting a pair of trauma shears under the boot of our cutters. Extravagant? NO. BUT.....They are there when we need them EVERY TIME!

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