Because there is a need for a quick extrication device when spinal immobilization is not a concern, the CMC Rescue/SKEDCO Drag-N-Lift Harness™ was developed and engineered as a means to rapidly package and extract a patient from a confined space.The device enables the rescuer to provide a fast load-and-go technique that allows the patient to be packaged efficiently and securely for a vertical lift, horizontal carry out or drag extraction. Compact storage, ease of use, and flexibility in transport have made Sked® stretchers popular worldwide. The drag sheet is constructed from heavy-duty E-Z glide plastic that becomes rigid when curved around the patient. A variety of handles and straps allow the patient to be transported by carrying horizontally, lifting vertically from a rope system, or pulled with the harness sliding on its smooth bottom surface. In the event that spinal immobilization is needed, the device is compatible with the Skedco Oregon Spine Splint (OSS II) and cervical collar.
Spinal Immobilization Protocol
There has been a recent trend in the increasing number of EMS agencies that support a progressive, evidence-based approach in an effort to lessen unnecessary spinal immobilizations in the field. It’s appropriate for emergency personnel to immobilize certain trauma patients, however many other trauma patients are unnecessarily immobilized. Spinal immobilization isn’t always a benign intervention as it can result in increased scene time, delay of delivery to definitive care, problematic airway management, increased patient pain and discomfort, and unnecessary radiographic testing. Many trauma patients can be safely and accurately assessed and treated without spinal immobilization if they meet all criteria in pre-hospital spinal assessment guidelines. Extensive training and ongoing review is necessary for an effective selective immobilization protocol. Always refer to your specific medical directive for spinal immobilization procedure.