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HALO Chest Seal

By The ITS Crew

HALO SealAt a recent Live Tissue class we attended we were introduced to a new chest seal called the HALO.

The HALO is like nothing we’ve ever used before… It actually sticks!

All the other chest seals we’ve used on the market today like the Asherman, Bolin and Hyfin don’t hold a seal when it comes to excessive blood or even heavy perspiration.

ETA Kit Updates 16The HALO Seal is manufactured by PMI and features the most aggressive hydrophilic medical gel on the market today. Update 9/1/10: New packaging is out that adds a ziploc style closure to allow you to reseal the second seal if unused.

It comes in two different versions, the HALO Dressing, which comes two per pack, and the HALO Vent which has a valve in center of dressing that can manage the pleural cavity by allowing air to escape. (The HALO Vent has one vented dressing and one non-vented dressing per package) HALO Vent is no longer being produced.

We’re partial to the dressing version for use as a chest seal and tend to lean towards the school of thought that any penetrating chest wound should be completely sealed.

Some may disagree as this presents the development of a Tension Pneumothorax, however a tension takes some time to develop, and decompression with a needle will take care of that problem quickly and easily should it arise.

Benefits

  • Excellent adhesion with excessive blood or heavy perspiration
  • Can be used to occlude a chest tube by folding in half twice and cutting a hole in the corner and slide over chest tube
  • Large pull tab for easy removal
  • Can be used to hold other dressings in place
  • Durable and protective packaging
  • Foam backing will enable the dressing to conform and hold to the patient’s body
  • 2 per package
  • Has been tested and designed to perform under extreme conditions with temperature ranges below 32F to over 140F
  • Less expensive than other chest seals

These have replaced all the chest seals that we carry in our Blow Out Kits, Trauma bags and Aid bags. It is also what we include in our ETA Kit.

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Discussion

  • Any idea on availability of the Halo vent version? I see the non-vented at $15 from the links above but the vent is $0 which I guess means not available.

    • Rob,

      The HALO Vent is now available from PMI in the link above.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Dan

    Anyone know how they work in cold weather? Say -20 to 32F? I am a ski patroller and something like this would definitely simplify life.

    • Dylan

      Once you put this thing on, It’s not coming off.. no matter how much blood or sweat there is.

      USMC/0311

  • sam

    I have been carrying these for a few months, and am trying to minimize the gear I carry on my thigh rig. I could fit more on my person if I fold the chest seal in a large U shape and stuff other items in between. Any idea if folding will affect the use or cause damage to the seals?

    • Folding is just fine Sam, we also fold them when we vacuum seal them in our ETA Trauma Kits.

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