EMT Pants

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EMT Pants

  1. 1. EMT Knee Padded Pants Seth Katzman
  2. 2. Injuries • In 2011 Dept. of Labor statistics: • 7680 EMT reported injuries • 780 Knee injuries • 3050 Back injuries • 900 caused by worker position
  3. 3. Stabilization • Every day occurrence on job • To prevent further injury • Must remain still for long time • Position is uncomfortable • Compensate with back
  4. 4. Interest • Survey: • When holding stabilization how often do you have knee discomfort? • Always – 23% • Sometimes – 52% • Never – 25% • Would you prefer to wear EMT pants with knee pads/cushions built in, rather than regular EMT pants? • Yes – 42% • No – 58% • Addresses reasoning for not wanting them
  5. 5. Current product availability • Tactical 511 • Knee pad inserts for special pants • Expensive & wears out easily • Rep said people don’t buy • Reviews: • Too bulky • Moves too much • In survey 89% of people do not wear braces/knee supports
  6. 6. My idea • Built in cushioning around knee area • Won’t move • Dual layered pants with PORON in middle • Combination of 2 PORON materials • Material recommended by knee surgeon, physical therapist & cast supplier • Washable • Flexible • Less than an inch thick
  7. 7. Price • Average price for a pair of EMT pants $50 • People willing to spend between $40-$100 • Average was about $70
  8. 8. Future plan • Prototype • Startup materials requires lots of money • $197.18/both sheets • $6.20/pants • Test Prototype in industry and personal wear • Revise
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