Dragon Industry Introduces a new and improved spine board with built in runners to aid in faster lifesaving. This is vital in a life saving issue as the runners allow the spine board to be picked up and moved very easily.
Just what are runners? When the spine board is laying flat on the ground, and the victim is laying on it, the board must be picked up easily by the handles. So the runners are under the spine board and they elevate the board from the ground so the fingers can go around the handles. This is while the board is laying flat on the ground. This allows the board to be picked up easily in an emergency situation, which is needed and a must. When a victim is on the spine board, time is of the essence.
A spine board is a patient handling device used primarily in pre-hospital trauma
care. It is designed to provide rigid support during movement of a person with suspected spinal or limb injuries. They are most commonly used by ambulance staff, as well as lifeguards and ski patrollers.
Due to lack of evidence to support long-term use, the practice of keeping people on long boards for prolonged periods of time is decreasing. While the data to support spinal immobilization are weak, there is an increasing amount of evidence noting potential risks and morbidity associated with spinal immobilization. Spinal immobilization has been used to prevent aggravating spinal cord injury. However, in a controversial study done by Hauswald et al, non-immobilized patients in Malaysia had better neurological outcomes than similar injury-matched patients who were immobilized in New Mexico.
Use longboards for extrication purposes only, not for transportation. Longboards are not a benign procedure. The evidence to date does not show that longboards reduce movement of the spine or limit neurological complications. Instead, the evidence shows that such use increases mortality, particularly in penetrating trauma, as well as causing greater difficulties with ventilation, pain, and pressure ulcers.
The published numbers on spine boards are largely useless to the consumer. There is no standard methodology for load testing. One manufacture may suspend his board under the end handgrips, another from underneath the runners. One may put the whole load in the middle of the board when they test, another spread it evenly over the test board. Historically, backboards were also used in an attempt to "improve the posture" of young people, especially girls.