Learn how spine boards save lives
A spine board is a patient handling device used mainly in trauma care prior to arriving at a hospital. It’s intended to deliver rigid backing during movement of a patient with supposed spinal or limb injuries. Spine boards are mostly used by ambulance staff such as paramedics, as well as dedicated emergency employees such as lifeguards.
When HIV became prevalent in the 80’s, increased sensitivity to infection also became apparent. Plastic backboards rapidly became the preferred backboard material. It was the only thing that could be effortlessly passed into ambulances, and they worked really well.
Another preferred design feature is contoured boards. As an alternative to being flat, the surface is bowl-shaped, providing better-quality lateral steadiness and relaxation. You can get most spinal boards with pins for speed clip bands. Some come with their own established backboard strap structures. Most offer the capability of securing young patients by having upright slots down the centre to run the fastenings.
Many people over the years have recollected their time spent strapped to a spine board such as these, and almost as many people have complained about uncomfortable they actually are. There have been many attempts to reproduce a comfortable spinal backboard which is padded with a special gel which acts a bit like memory foam, and is far more comfortable to be hauled around in. However, it’s not until very recently that most spinal board manufacturers seem to have agreed a standard which all spine bards should have, and that feature is something described as a vacuum mattress.
The up to date vacuum mattress is the favoured technique of long spine restriction in many countries within Europe. Rigid spine boards are set aside for rapid rescues only, and used a lot less often for daily patient handling. With a vacuum mattress you really mould the splint to the empty space and form of the patient in need. Then you remove the excess air, thereby essentially vacuum packing the strengthening Styrofoam beads inside the mattress. The outcome is a rigid mattress capable of moulding itself to any patient’s form.
We have seen more development in long spine restriction during the last thirty years than anyone has in the previous two thousand. Nowadays we have a wide range of choices, some give us real improvements to patient care. Accepting and understanding how spine boards are built should aid you a lot when choosing from our long range of spinal boards, which should be an essential part of any rescue teams kit. Order yours today.