To determine the airworthiness of the buddy lite™, the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) performed laboratory testing as well as in-flight assessments, which measure the safety and reliability of a medical device under a variety of flight conditions. The USAARL evaluation includes electromagnetic interference and compatibility, extreme temperatures, vibration, exposure to dust, altitude, device usability, rapid decompression and acceleration, and crash durability.
The Belmont® buddy lite™ is a miniature battery-powered near-patient dry heat fluid warmer, which was developed based on feedback from the U.S. Military Special Operations healthcare team, and represents the latest evolution of the Belmont Buddy family which includes the Belmont® Buddy, and Belmont® buddy plus™. The buddy lite™ weighs in at a little over one pound, and features the same tiny ingenious disposable with safety features including a large air-venting membrane and flow control valves to prevent air entrainment, especially during transport. The powerful battery technology is capable of warming 3L of fluid on a single charge, and demonstrates Belmont Instrument’s dedication to providing military and civilian rescue workers with the latest technology in rapid casualty evacuation. The entire Buddy family allows for ease of patient transfer from the first point of injury to the hospital environment.
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Belmont Instrument Corporation has developed sophisticated and reliable devices in fluid management and cardiac assist since its founding in 1980. The Belmont® Rapid Infuser is used to save lives in more than forty-five thousand procedures per year in hospitals throughout the world.