Can a casualty be dropped down in a vertical or horizontal position on a sked stretcher without being bound to a backboard or without a backboard at all?
The answer to this important question is simply yes it is possible, and this is one more of those amazing advantages the sked stretcher offers. It can be used with the majority, if not all, backboards, or with a small spine restraint, or with nothing whatsoever.
There are two overall attentions to be paid when deciding what device to use with the Sked stretchers. These are:
If spinal injury or other wounds need the immobilising splint effects or the defence of a backboard, then the casualty should be secured to a backboard. When a backboard is not in place, the Sked will help in keeping the body restrained when tightened; however, the spine can still to be moved around as the patient is navigated over objects or terrain which can damage the spine further.
If you’re only using the backboard to keep the Sked rigid or defend the patient while moving them over steep terrain, then officially you wouldn’t need to restrain them to a backboard.
When a narrowed space is too tight to use a backboard and likely spinal injuries are presumed, or extra fortification for placing a patient over dodgy terrain is warranted, then a small spinal immobilizer can be used. If a spinal injury is not presumed, then no extra apparatus needs to be used with the Sked stretcher. It’s always wise to bear in mind though, that the thin plastic structure of the Sked stretcher will let the casualty feel every single piece of discomfort as you move them quickly over that terrain in question, so keep their comfort in mind at the same time.
What size entry do you need to get the patient and the sked stretcher through in order to enact the rescue? Many times in entryways less than 18 inches in diameter, the separate pieces of apparatus will fit into the space, but once put together they will come back out again as the size will be too big. The Sked stretcher was intended for this specific situation. The thin plastic construction lets it fit into places many other stretchers couldn’t even dream of.
The Sked stretcher is a very user-friendly piece of kit that can be utilised in a vast array of arrangements and for various uses. This is just one of the reasons why it is such a popular rescue piece, particularly for claustrophobic spaces where space is at a premium. So get yours today.