Contact Patch provides vital information to first responders in the event of an accident. In the medical environment there is a phrase 'the golden hour'. This phrase means there is a vital one hour period after a person sustains a trauma that medical attention can be provided to prevent life changing injury.
Contact Patch was developed by Chris Wood in Plymouth, UK in 2017. Chris identified that the available Incase of Emergency (ICE) solutions on the market at the time had a number of shortcomings that limited usability. Using his knowledge of design and usability, Chris set about designing a product that addressed those shortcomings.
Along came Contact Patch!
Tested in the harsh winters of the Scottish mountains, the grime and muck of the Devon and Cornwall greenlanes and deep dark conditions of Atlantic Ocean Contact Patch has been put through its paces to ensure it meets the demanding requirements of the areas it's pitched to work in.
Where Contact Patch excels is in the following areas:
In the development of Contact Patch the Team have been in direct contact with the following professional bodies, all of whom have provided input into the design:
Alongside working with the emergency services identified above, Contact Patch has been continuously tested by a helpful team of volunteers to ensure it works, without bias, in a manner which the end user would expect. These hardy volunteers have been testing Contact Patch in activities and environments including:
Attaching Contact Patch
Contact Patches uses three key components:
1. A mounting patch that's glued (using the supplied neoprene-style glue) or sewn to your piece of clothing or equipment
2. A coloured cover patch that act as the identifying mark, protection from the elements and security for your personal information.
3. A 0.3mm PVC card, pre printed with relevant information fields that you then complete using the supplied permanent pen.
Changing your information
To change any of the details on your Contact Patch simply wipe the details off using a rough sponge and some white spirit. Once the PVC card has dried, write your new information on the card, let it dry and place the PVC card back in the mounting spot.
This simple design results in an effective 'ICE' solution, usable in all conditions and across a multitude of sports and environments.
Note: We are continually improving Contact Patch to ensure the best possible product. As a result, permanent markers and glue may differ from those pictured
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At Contact Patch we value feedback. It's the input from people using Contact Patch 'out in the wild' that has made it what it is today, so please feedback with pictures, questions and anything else you feel may be of use.
If you would like to discuss Contact Patch, it's applications, or where it may be of use, please email the Team.
Phone: (+44) 07806632827 (0900 - 1600 Monday to Thursday, 0900 - 1200 Friday)