FAQ Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene: Emergency First Responder (RQF) FROS® - Online Blended Part 1

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Introduction to Spinal Boards

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Patient Handling Devices: Spinal Board vs. Scoop Stretcher


In this section, we'll explore two different patient handling devices: the spinal board and the scoop stretcher.

Spinal Board

The spinal board, also known as a backboard, is primarily used for extrication from various incidents such as road traffic collisions (RTCs) or accidents involving horses and riders.

  • Purpose: To stabilize the back and prevent further harm to the spine in cases of severe spinal injuries or potential spinal injuries.
  • Usage: Commonly employed in situations where there's a risk of back and neck injury.

Scoop Stretcher

The scoop stretcher is another patient handling device designed for moving patients with minimal movement, particularly useful when transferring patients from lying positions to stretchers or ambulances.

  • Purpose: To move patients while minimizing lateral movement and maintaining spinal stability.
  • Usage: Suitable for transferring patients from the floor to stretchers or ambulances.


Both the spinal board and the scoop stretcher play vital roles in patient extrication and transfer, ensuring minimal movement and maximum safety for patients with potential spinal injuries.

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