|SCOOP STRETCHER VS THE LONG BACKBOARD FOR SPINAL IMMOBILIZATION|
COMPARISON OF THE FERNO SCOOP STRETCHER WITH THE LONG BACKBOARD FOR SPINAL IMMOBILIZATION Julie M. Krell, MD, Matthew S. McCoy, MD, Patrick J. Sparto, PhD, PT, Gretchen L. Fisher, NEMT-P, Walt A. Stoy, PhD, David P. Hostler, PhD
Few industries have accountability to so many people, from city councils to state and federal organizations, than EMS. Perhaps more importantly is the responsibility EMS has to the patient and their families.
As a decision-maker, you consistently look at ways to improve your team's performance. New technologies and updated equipment have led many like you to reexamine protocols that have been in place for decades. One of those accepted protocols is the use of the long backboard for spinal immobilization. Now an independent study says that the Ferno EXL Scoop Stretcher (FSS) competes at or on the same level as the traditional long backboard, stating the Ferno EXL Scoop Stretcher "to be as effective as, if not superior to the standard of care, a rigid long backboard."
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