MediK9USA - Service K9 Medic Kits
Starting in 2018, Illinois Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Paramedics may transport a police K9 injured in the line of duty to a veterinary clinic or similar facility if there are no persons requiring medical attention or transport at that time. Illinois, Mississippi, and New York are the only states that currently allow transportation of police K9s in EMS ambulancs.
These paramedics are currently receiving training on how to handle the police K9s, but are in need of medical equipment specific to canines. One of the places the EMS are obtaining this training is through the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
MediK9USA was started by a veterinarian, Paul Fedyniak, during his fourth year of veterinary school at the University of Illinois. Our goal at MediK9USA is to donate EMS K9 medical kits to counties that receive canine training, but lack the equipment they need. MediK9USA was registered as an official not-for-profit, corporation on July 5th, 2018.
MEDIK9 EMS KIT:
MediK9USA Canine Medical Kit Includes:
Canine Specific Oxygen Mask - Human oxygen masks do not fit the facial features of canines. A canine mask is required to offer supplemented oxygen during transport
Canine Basket Muzzle - Even highly trained animals can be dangerous when they are in pain. Basket muzzles do not obstruct open-mouth breathing, but protect the paramedics during stabilization.
Canine Reward Toys - Police K9s are trained based on a reward basis. Most K9s highly desire canine toys used during training. These can be offered as a distraction during simpler stabilization to help keep the paramedics safe.
Hair Clippers - To provide IV access, an animals fur must be clipped away from the IV site for sterilization.
Sterile Lubrication - To provide sterility of a wound prior to clipping away the fur. Canine hair can contain pathogens that can further contaminate an open wound during clipping of the fur.
Slip-Leash - To provide control if a K9 is found off-leash.
Physical Exam Card- A reference for paramedics to refer to the normal respiratory rate, heart rate, body temperature, and more.
Basic Stabilization Guides - Printed guides for EMS to reference during stabilization.
Medical Bag - Keep the supplies organized and easily accessible
MEDIK9 TRAUMA KIT:
Bandaging supplies - Elastic bandaging tape, cast wrap, conform wrap. These can be used to cover wounds or to stabilize a fracture with a splint.
Clotting agent - Safe, non-painful clotting agent that helps control bleeding.
Chest seals - An adheasive "bandage" to be placed over a gun-shot or knife wound to help prevent a collapsed lung/pneumothorax.
Hair clippers - To provide IV access, an animal's fur must be clipped away from the IV site for sterilization. Fur must also be clipped away to clean wounds.
Sterile Lubrication - To provide sterility of a wound prior to clipping away the hair. Canine fur can contain pathogens that can further contaminate an open wound during clipping.
Exam gloves x2 - Helps prevent contamination while cleaning wounds.
Soft Muzzle - Even highly trained animals can be dangerous when they are in pain. Police K9 handlers typically own basket muzzles, but do not carry them on their person 24/7.
Quick read thermometer - Working canines are at high risk for heat stroke. It is important to be able to quickly monitor their body temperature.
Triple antibiotic ointment - Helps prevent contamination of wounds during transporting to a veterinary hospital.
Fluorescein eye stain - This stain can be used to inspect the surface of the eye for ulcers and scratches.
Eye Wash - This product can be used for flushing contaminates out of the canine's eye or even flushing wounds.
22g catheter - Catheters are often used in the emergency treatment of gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV).
Canine oxygen mask - Human oxygen masks do not fit the facial features of canines. A canine mask is required to offer supplemented oxygen during transport.
Cast bandaging roll - This can be used to create a temporary splint, making the canine more comfortable while being transported to a veterinary hospital.