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Old 05-03-2011   #1
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spinal board decking

Has anyone ever rigged up a piece of decking as an emergency spinal board. Any plans or ideas would be helpful

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Old 05-03-2011   #2
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I have rigged a spinal board as decking....

But my aluminum table is setup to be a makeshift back board so it is redundant.

My suggestion would be to router in 5x1 inch slots about 8 inches apart down both sides maybe 2 inches in from the edge of the board. To finish use a roundover bit from both sides to keep everything smooth.

then just use the slots to strap it to your frame/cooler/whatever.

I have some pics if this doesn't make sense.

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Old 05-03-2011   #3
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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.
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See my post in cpollema's thread about his decking board. I drew up some plans for one similar to his.
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Old 05-03-2011   #5
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Most backboards fit perfectly across a 66" frame.
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