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Trauma Cap Pilot Study

BREMS has been presented with an opportunity to do a pilot study with a device called Trauma Cap. This device is geared towards management of head/scalp lacerations, to improve and standardize treatment of head trauma. The Trauma Cap is completely non-invasive and would be for use in EMS scope from a First Responder level and up. It has an application to the head in a similar way that a swimmers cap would. Then, bands are wrapped around the cap to provide that the cap remains secure and that there is pressure on the wound. This device would be used in conjunction with 4x4s or some type of gauze/bandage beneath the cap directly on the wound itself. The device uses the base of the posterior skull as a fulcrum so that the bands can be placed circumferentially around the cap/head. While very simple in its application, we feel that it is something that could greatly contribute to bleeding control for this patient population. Let’s be honest, we’ve been wrapping patients heads like mummies for years! 

Below is information from the CEO of TraumaCap LLC:


Hello. My name is David Waidelich, CEO of TraumaCap, LLC.  We are extremely excited to partner with Blue Ridge EMS Council and I want to personally thank you for your willingness to participate in the TraumaCap Pilot.  Your unit was chosen for this pilot for a number of reasons, one of which is the reputation you have for innovation and leadership in advancing improved care for the citizens of Virginia.  Our belief is that in the very near future, this device will be the new standard of care for treating head trauma in the pre-hospital, hospital, and combat environments and we are excited you all are involved from the very beginning! 

With that, I want to outline a few things to give you a better understanding of the pilot. 


The Device: A few years back, right here in Lynchburg, VA, a flight nurse for Centra One identified a need for a compressive head dressing that applies uniform pressure in the treatment of head and scalp injuries.  In an effort to provide better care for the region, two local physicians worked with a team of biomedical engineers to address this need and today, we are proud to say that the technology now exists in a device known as TraumaCap.  This early stage device provides rapid application of a head, scalp, and ear pressure dressing for the urgent and emergent setting and will allow hands-free treatment of head and scalp trauma.  Our belief is that this simple, yet elegant device will not only save you time on scene but will also provide hands free care enabling you to provide the best treatment and care possible


The Pilot (Goals):  This pilot, under the approval of Centra IRB Exemption Committee and BREMS leadership, will be the first time TraumaCap  will be used in the field.  We believe TraumaCap is much better than what is currently available to treat head trauma but we also know we can make it better.  That’s where you come in!  Our goal is to get feedback from you, the expert provider and ultimate user who will benefit from its development, in two key areas:

  1. The efficacy and time savings of using TraumaCap.
  2. Improvements that could be made to the device.


The Pilot (Launch):  The pilot will launch on March 11, 2019 and  is very straightforward.  It can be summarized in the below steps.  Familiarize yourself with the device.

  1. Complete Training.  Watch the training video, read the protocols, and review the procedures on the packaging. 
  2. Stock your Unit with the device.  If you need more, they can be provided.
  3. Use it when you think it is the best treatment for a situation.
  4. Provide Feedback via online survey.  


Training:  It is essential that all users of TraumaCap view this quick 8 minute video prior to using the device in the field.  (   



Your feedback is critical.  We think that with your help, BREMS could be on the forefront as we look to get this technology in the field, nationwide.  With that, we ask each of you to fill out a quick survey each time you use this device.  It is designed to take no more than a couple of minutes of your time, and again, will help us in our effort to get his to the field!  As a thank you, we will provide you with a small Starbucks gift card as our thank you for each survey you complete!  


Points of Contact:  Ms. Jenn Kersey will be the lead for BREMS.  You may feel free to reach out to myself (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Riordan (  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with any questions.  


Again, thank you for your willingness to participate in this pilot and for the great work you do on behalf of our community!