Trauma scissors vs the Rescue Hook

Trauma scissors vs the Rescue Hook, exposing a simulated patient: a pilot study

American military investigators compared traditional trauma scissors with the ‘rescue hook’ (a hooked knife with the cutting edge on the inside of the hook) in rapidly removing the clothes from a simulated casualty. An army desert combat uniform and boots were removed more quickly with the rescue hook, which was favoured by the combat medics employed in the study. We don’t have data on how it would work on denim, leather, or belts, but it looks pretty good. I just want to know if it’ll go through a sternum before I trade in my trauma scissors.

J Emerg Med. 2009 Apr;36(3):232-5

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18155382