Spiewak's SPDU receives high praise from EMS1.com

What's New in EMS Apparel

Insights on Innovation

By Dan White

New fabric designs, coatings, and garment designs are rapidly changing the look of EMS professionals. The last 20 years have taught us a lot about what NOT to wear on duty...

...We work in a physically demanding profession. We often compound heat stress by wearing older-style polyester fabrics and poly-cotton blends. The old polyester uniforms I've often been issued are miserable in the summer. What we really need are comfortable garments that give us the ability to efficiently do our very physical type of work. We also work outside in the weather and are frequently exposed to sources of fabric stains. We really need uniforms that both repel fluids and wick perspiration away.

There have been some important new developments in fabric manufacturing and fabric coating technology. Some of these new technologies offer EMS valuable new benefits. Many of these new fabrics were first used to make golfing apparel and other high performance outdoor sports apparel. These newest generation synthetics often have wicking properties and are now breathable. They bring a new level of comfort without sacrificing durability. There are now several excellent examples already on the market...

Spiewak™ recently introduced their leading edge SPDU, Spiewak Performance Duty Uniforms. They are manufactured from new performance polyester material, which has amazing mechanical stretch properties. It also features a nanotechnology fiber coating, which makes these uniforms fluid resistant, too. This is about the most advanced duty uniform I have ever seen. The feel, the look, the function are all best in class. For more information, see http://www.spiewak.com/...

These are a few of the newest features and fabric technologies now available for EMS. While many were driven by the demands of much larger markets, they do hold a lot of promise for EMS providers. If you are still wearing miserably uncomfortable cop-looking uniforms, now is a great time to take a fresh look at what's available. Some of our best apparel suppliers have recently brought many new fabric technologies to our industry. The result is a whole new generation of EMS uniforms that look better and work better while offering vastly improved comfort.

About the author

Dan White, EMT-P, is the National Sales & Marketing Director for Truphatek, Inc., and was previously the director of Corporate Planning & Product Development for AllMed®. He has been continuously certified as an emergency paramedic since 1977, and a certified EMT, paramedic, and ACLS instructor since 1981.

Dan has designed many emergency medical products since his first one, the White Pulmonary Resuscitator in 1978. His most recent EMS product inventions are the AllMed® AVC Helmet, RapTag Triage System, and the top-selling Ultra-X Coat. To contact Dan, email dan.white@ems1.com.


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