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From the Editor’s Desk

Greetings all and welcome to our new look Responder. It has been a while since we last published, however the break was definitely for several good reasons. Firstly, we realise that most medical professionals and many of our distributors subscribe to numerous publications. It can therefore become a bit cumbersome sifting through piles of content to find something that interests you. We also do not want to be seen as spamming our clients as this would simply be unethical. I would therefore like to remind you that you are more than welcome to click on the unsubscribe link at any time should you feel that The Responder is not meeting your needs. We are working really hard on ensuring that our mailing lists are current and that we do not send mail to you once you have unsubscribed. I must however mention that with the upgrade to our website it may happen that you still receive mails. We are working on this and I would therefore like to apologise in advance should you receive this mail after unsubscribing. We will have it all sorted very soon.

I would like to say a very big thank you to many of our subscribers who have contacted us to find out when the next Responder would be published? I am really pleased that you look forward to each edition and it certainly does encourage us to work hard at bringing you the very best Responder content and specials.

It was fantastic having the opportunity to meet some of you at the SAESI conference held in Johannesburg at the beginning of November. The response to our stand was overwhelming and seeing so many of our products being used during the challenges was humbling. Thank you so much for the support.

As a very special thank you and to celebrate so many positive changes at Be Safe Paramedical we have really gone the extra mile on our list of specials for this edition. Imagine buying a vital signs monitor for around R5 500, or a bougie introducer for less than R60.00? If you can’t, I suggest you take a look at the specials in this month’s edition.

This month’s article focuses on what we have been up to during the break. In it you will see some fantastic new products and some very positive changes made at Be Safe Paramedical during 2015. All this is focussed on improving both our products and services to you.

I would like to say thank you again for your support. We would never be where we are without you and it is both a privilege and honour to be at your side wherever you may be…

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VS2000 NIBP and SpO2 Vital Signs Monitor

  • 7 inch high resolution colour TFT LCD screen
  • Light weight(only 2.05Kg) and portable
  • Parameters: SpO2 (Nellcor Compatible),Pulse rate , NIBP and MAP
  • Pleth waveform
  • NIBP with manual, auto and STAT modes
  • Suitable for adult, paediatric and neonatal patients
  • Accurate SpO2 measurement in low perfusion states
  • Fast and accurate blood pressure
  • Build-in WAN technology

Limited units available

R4 850.00 Excl. VAT


Philips UT6000A Portable Patient Monitor

  • Standard parameters: 5 lead ECG, SpO2/PR, NIBP, RESP, TEMP
  • 7” color TFT display with 3 waveforms
  • NIBP with manual, auto and STAT modes
  • Philips SpO2 compatible with all Philips sensors
  • Big number display mode, waveform freeze
  • 72 hour trend graph
  • 600 sets NIBP/Trend Table
  • 60 seconds of waveform review
  • Adult, paediatric, neonatal monitoring modes
  • 2 hour battery life

Only 3 units available

R16 500.00 Excl. VAT

CritiJet Jet Insufflation Device

  • For performing Jet Insufflation following Needle Cricothyroidotomy
  • Developed and manufactured by Be Safe Paramedical
  • Secure Luer Lock connection to IV Catheter
  • Convenient thumb port
  • Generates excellent pressures

R7.50 Excl. VAT


Bougie Introducers

  • Ultra-smooth surface for low friction application
  • Markings per cm
  • Angled coudé tip for ease of intubation
  • Supplied sterile, individually packaged in easy to open wrappers
  • The most cost-effective bougie on the South African market
  • Special applies to 15Fr and 6Fr sizes only

R50.00 Excl. VAT


Jet Pull Tourniquets (for siting IV Lines)

  • One of the most widely used tourniquets for peripheral vascular access
  • Elasticized cotton belt
  • ABS plastic buckle
  • Quick release mechanism
  • Available in black, navy blue, royal blue, red and orange

R12.50 Excl. VAT


CritiCheck Oesophageal Detection Device (ODD)

  • Latex-free, non-toxic and hypoallergenic
  • Bulb illuminates in dark
  • Available in yellow only
  • Standard 15mm ETT adapter
  • Easy to handle… easy to store
  • Extremely cost-effective

R70.00 Excl. VAT

Sharps Container (200ml)

  • One of the most widely used tourniquets for peripheral vascular access
  • Elasticized cotton belt
  • ABS plastic buckle
  • Quick release mechanism
  • Available in black, navy blue, royal blue, red and orange

R7.50 Excl. VAT

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It has always been our firm belief that as a medical equipment developer, manufacturer and supplier, we never lose sight of quality patient care being our true and most important objective. We may not physically be treating the patient; however the tools we provide play a crucial role in the success of the skills you perform, right? As a Paramedic myself, I know the value of reliable equipment. I also know the challenge of having to deal with a piece of equipment that fails at the worst possible time. So what do we do as Paramedics? Well, just about everything we do clinically has some sort of contingency plan? Can’t pass an ETT, move to an LMA… can’t intubate, can’t ventilate, move to a needle or surgical airway…. Can’t gain peripheral IV access, insert an Intraosseous line.

So as a company, we also have to have contingency plans in place to ensure that your patients are not negatively affected by an uncooperative product. Over the past year we have worked really hard to document and formalise our contingency plans. We have gone further to prescribe our plans and actions to best international quality practises, ISO 9001. This means that every aspect of our company, from Human Resources to Suppliers to Manufacturing Processes to Product Complaints have a set of quality standards, policies, documentation and auditing tools. After being audited by an internationally accredited ISO body, we successfully achieved formal ISO 9001: 2008 on the 22nd of May 2015. We are required to undergo a formal audit every year, leading up to a major audit every 3 years for reaccreditation. We believe that this will significantly improve on our processes, thereby delivering better quality products and services to you. This is key to a successful patient care partnership with our clients.

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Another key area we have worked on in this past year is developing a brand name which endorses the quality of our products. As a result we trademarked both our CritiCare™ brand and our “Progress saves lives ™” moto. Marketing products under one’s own brand name comes with a great deal of responsibility. It is never about simply placing a trademarked name on a product and then selling it. Our products go through a formidable testing process. It starts in my office, where I will test its accuracy, durability and ability to withstand some serious punishment. If it breaks, into the bin it goes. If it survives, it will be tested in a busy public service for several months. After testing, various evaluation forms are completed, tabulated and the data assessed, before we even consider moving forward. We have to believe in a product before we send it for testing. Products which perform poorly never see the market and those that perform to our satisfaction may be considered. So when a product arrives at your service branded with our CritiCare™ Logo, you can rest assured that you are receiving a quality product.

Patient care is noble work and for us it is such a great honour to be able to positively contribute to patient care through our products. Patient care is also exciting work and the overall image of our company should be a clear indicator of how excited we are about what we do. We have just spent several months completely revamping our website www.be-safe.co.za to better reflect where our passion truly is. For those of you who have visited our website lately (and I hope that’s many of you), you would have noticed a completely new look. Animations, pictures and video content all add a lot more dynamic to our new site. We have also ensured that our new site is now mobile friendly and responsive. Thanks to the latest database and video technology, we are able to generate a great online experience. We are also working on setting up an online store in the very near future. This we hope will provide far wider access to some of our unique products and make purchasing, payment and delivery far easier.

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Our TransNANO II transport incubator has been really well received, as we knew it would be. I would go out on a limb and say that it is the lightest, most cost-effective and most practical transport incubator on the SA market today. Our market research has shown that many services are been battered by the high costs of transport incubators. We also know that transport incubators are an integral part of pre-hospital neonatal care. We hope that our launch of the TransNANO II in South Africa will provide a high quality and cost-effective option for Emergency Services to crank up the level of their neonatal services and meet current legislative requirements. The TransNANO II only requires 100 Watts of power to operate due to its microprocessor heating system. This means smaller and lighter external batteries and the external inverter also allows it to operate off your ambulance battery supply. The TransNANO II is available now at an extremely competitive price.


Uncontrolled external haemorrhaging remains a major cause of death following trauma in South Africa. As a Paramedic I have first-hand experience of how difficult it is to control arterial bleeds with regular dressings and bandages. Sadly due to the reality of budget constraints, very few services are able to offer more than this in terms of equipment. We believe that with our recent taking on of the agency for Axiostat® in South Africa, this is very likely to change.

Axiostat® is a 100% Chitosan based trauma pad and is completely natural. Once Axiostat® is applied to external bleeding it forms a strong bond with the blood. It does not interfere with the natural blood clotting cascade and does not generate an exothermic reaction. It generally controls bleeding in a few minutes and can be left in place for up to 48 hours.

Another major challenge when it comes to competitor products is the difficulty one has in removing the dressing once applied. Axiostat® on the other hand is extremely easy to remove. To remove, simply irrigate the Axiostat® pad with sterile water or saline. It will form a soft gel and is easily removed. It will not interfere with the clot formed. Axiostat® is available in various sizes including a 8x8cm pad packaged in Military Grade Packaging. Axiostat® is definitely going to give your patient the edge when fighting an aggressive arterial bleed. Axiostat® is CE and ISO13485 certified. It is also NAPPI coded and available now…

I am sure many of you have experienced the challenge of gaining Peripheral IV access in really poor lighting conditions. Out comes the torch, which in my experience actually complicates it even more. So you resort to feeling your way around the hand in the hope that a vein will simply pop out and all will be solved. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to feel much through high risk gloves. It’s time for the Vein EZ to save the day…

The Vein EZ makes use of an infrared LED beam which is absorbed by haemoglobin to outline peripheral vein structure. It is highly effective in poor lighting conditions and is particularly useful when siting an IV in paediatric and geriatric patients. The Vein EZ is available now…


For those of you who offer CPR training you may have already seen our Practiman® CPR Torso. As the exclusive distributors for Southern Africa, Practiman® is one of those very special products that incorporate a range of features that makes it really hard to simply ignore. This has been the case with many training centres throughout South Africa who over the past few months, have made the move over to Practiman®. A very wise move indeed…

Practiman® offers a unique dual adult and child manikin in a single torso. To change between the two modes, simply turn the mode dial located on the rear of the torso and respiratory volume and chest compression depth will automatically adjust to that of an adult or child patient. So what this means is that you are buying two CPR torsos for the price of one in a single manikin.

Another huge benefit is the cost of spare lungs, chest and face skins. Most of our clients think we are kidding when we provide them with a quote on spares. They are that cost-effective. In addition, you can select either a dark or light skin at the time of purchase. Practiman® meets the requirements of the 2015 CPR Guidelines. Practiman® and spares are always in stock. It is a great time to make the move… To coincide with the launch of Practiman® in Southern Africa, Be Safe Paramedical recently launched the CritiCare™ CPR140 Infant CPR & Choking Manikin. Once again, our focus was on realism, quality and cost-effectiveness. We believe we have achieved all of this with the CPR140. These are great little trainers and when purchased together with the Practiman®, will literally save you thousands of Rand.

The CPR140 also includes a choking function which allows for a far more realistic training experience. Once again, spares and extras are extremely cost-effective and make long-term maintenance effortless and affordable. With tough economic times ahead, the Practiman® partnered with the CritiCare™ CPR140 Infant CPR & Choking Manikin is the perfect choice to keep you training and ultimately saving lives… The CPR140 is now in stock…

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Be Safe Paramedical Diary

Year-end holidays 2015:

Our Cape Town and Johannesburg Branches will close on the 18th of December 2015 and reopen for business on the 11th of January 2016

The 2016 International Conference on Emergency Medicine:

Please visit us at our booth from the 18 – 21 April 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Center

From Our Readers

Just a quick note, today a Be Safe chest wound seal, literally saved a young boys life. Very proud to use it too.

Your equipment and stock has been:

  • Up the steepest derivable ascent (and back down) in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Been used at -14 degrees and in sleet / snow on a burns victim
  • Driven to the highest drivable point in the Drakensberg (and then hiked higher with a patient)
  • Been on numerous international tours such as Tour De Tuli, Lesotho Sky, Entabeni Tour of legends and much more
  • Chest decompression with the CritiValve at 3250m (Mafadi Peak)

So just some of the many places and things we have been with Be Safe stock and equipment!

Tim Gray | Director


From The Editor:

Thanks for the amazing feedback Tim. It is always exciting to hear that our products are helping save lives. We however can only claim partial credit in this case as the person making the decisions on the scene (you) made all the difference in achieving a positive outcome. Great job and thanks for believing in our products.

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Feel free to contact the Editor on responder@be-safe.co.za with any comments, ideas or thoughts on our newsletter. We would love to hear from you…

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