First Aid Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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The Scoop Stretcher

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Guide to Using the Scoop Stretcher in Emergency Services


The scoop stretcher is a vital piece of equipment used in emergency services, particularly in ambulances, for transporting patients with potential back injuries or those difficult to move. Here's what you need to know:

Adjustability and Features

The scoop stretcher is adjustable in length to accommodate patients properly. It is equipped with head and foot ends, with the foot end being narrower. Head blocks can be used to stabilize the head and neck.

Considerations during Use

When using the scoop stretcher, caution must be exercised regarding the surface beneath the patient. Debris or sharp objects can pose risks to the patient during transport. Proper cleaning of the stretcher after each use is essential to prevent contamination and ensure smooth operation.

Adjustment Process

To adjust the length of the scoop stretcher, simply press the buttons located at the head and foot ends to release and extend the stretcher. Ensure proper locking of the stretcher before use to prevent accidental opening during transportation.


The scoop stretcher is a valuable tool for safely transferring patients in emergency situations. By understanding its features and proper usage, emergency responders can effectively ensure patient comfort and safety during transportation.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit three LO1.3, 1.4 & 2.2