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People’s lives depend on the quick response and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs). When responding to a 911 call for emergency assistance, they may not know the severity of the condition or environment until they arrive at the scene. Many of the situations are life-or-death and physically strenuous.

While the adrenaline is typically enough for EMTs to forget the need to go to the bathroom, there will be times when they can no longer ignore the urge to go while on duty. After all, some EMTs may work all hours of the day with as little as 12 hours between shifts to rest, especially in times of disaster.

Fortunately, there’s a solution that meets EMTs’ bathroom needs that don’t require them to leave the scene of an emergency or resort to urinating or defecating in an alley or behind a tree, which could land them in trouble with the law.

The Many Benefits of Waste Bags in Emergency Situations 

Waste Bag is an industry standard term that stands for ‘Waste Alleviation and Gelling’ Bag. EMTs can use Brief Relief waste bags for more than one purpose.

EMTs can use waste bags for their bathroom needs. Because an EMT may never know how long they will be on call or how far from a running toilet they will be, waste bags offer them a safe and sanitary solution when they need to relieve themselves.

The Brief Relief Disposal Urinal Bag is an individually packaged bag for liquid waste. It contains a unique blend of enzymes and polymers that convert urine into a deodorized gel; each bag can hold up to 20 ounces of urine.

The Disposa-John Portable Restroom is Brief Relief’s answer for both liquid and solid waste. It contains the same polymers and enzymes as the Brief Relief Urinal Bag. The Disposa-John boasts a triple barrier bag and liner which makes it puncture-proof, spill-proof, and odor-free. Each waste bag comes with ample toilet paper and antimicrobial wipes.

While Brief Relief waste bags are great bathroom solutions for EMTs to use while on call, they’re also ideal for giving to patients. After an ordeal, people will be disoriented and traumatized. They may need to use the bathroom but won’t have the strength to use the facilities on their own.

Because Brief Relief waste bags can convert human wastes into a gel, they’re also suitable for patients who need to vomit while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. The patient may carry pathogens such as HIV or hepatitis B, and they can potentially contaminate the scene or the interior of the ambulance. Rather than have the patient vomit in a pail that may be left unwashed for some time amidst the chaos, a waste bag will catch the vomit and immediately convert it into a gel that seals in any contagions.

Once the waste bags are sealed shut, they can be thrown away in any regular trash can. Because they’re non-toxic, they’re safe enough to store in the ambulance to be disposed at a later time.

To learn more about how Brief Relief waste bags help first responders, military, and government agencies perform their jobs better, check out Brief Relief’s product line.