Originally Posted by wha1
Has anyone ever rigged up a piece of decking as an emergency spinal board. Any plans or ideas would be helpful
The decking board I built will also serve as a table and a LSB (long spine board). It is about 2' x 6'. I will attach a picture. There are lots of other ways to deal with spinal immobilization. Several good examples of ways to transport a patient are outlined in 'Medicine for the Outdoors' by Auerbach. Examples included a rope stretcher, litters made from backpack frames, parkas, and a blanket. We can all get very creative using what is around us as well as all the river straps, and duct tape. The key is in making the decision to move a patient. The best bet is typically to 'hold c-spine' in place and bring rescue to you. If you must move a patient, the biggest risk is typically in getting them onto the board. It requires some practice and a coordinated move. The focus is on keeping the c-spine from moving during that transition. Confirm neuro function before and after the move.