The Russell Chest Seal® (RCS) is a hydrogel-based dressing with a low-profile valve. The seal covers penetrating chest wounds, allowing air to escape from the pleural cavity without being drawn back in. This helps minimize lung collapse associated with open wounds, and re-inflate air to the lungs.
The base material is made of hydrogel, which promotes an airtight, secure seal. It has been thoroughly tested and proven on military operations. It will remain adhered for many hours, even to sweaty or hairy skin, and is suitable for prolonged use.
The valve mechanism is constructed from a thin, but tough, material, making it compliant. It will open and close with the slightest changes in pressure. The valve is transparent, so the dressing can be confidently positioned over the wound. A large base aperture gives latitude for inaccurate placement in high-stress environments. The 4 peripheral apertures are large enough for blood to escape (if necessary) without blocking the valve. These provide substantial redundancy, meaning if 3 of the 4 holes become obstructed, the valve will remain fully operational.
The seal’s unique low profile and flexibility take a pre-folded form, which is ideal to store in medical packs or backpacks. In low-light conditions, the valve can be easily felt, making it ideal for military operations.
- Fast and easy application
- Patented hydrogel base (stays stuck)
- 4 large peripheral apertures allow air and blood drainage
- Large central hole in base material allows quick accurate placement with reduced risk of obstructing the wound opening
- Low profile and high flexibility
- Compact design
- Total dimensions: 20cm x 15cm
- Pack dimensions: 14cm x 13cm
- Weight: 20.5g
- Peripheral apertures: 36Fr
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