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We're now going to have a look at two different patient handling movement or extrication devices. The first one we'll look at is the spinal board or backboard. Called different things in different areas, but most commonly called a backboard or a spinal board. These are more commonly used for extrication from RTC's from where people have got severe spinal injuries or potential severe spinal injuries where we need to keep the back stable, straight, and the patient in a position that will do no more harm to the spine itself. They're used for extrication in car crashes, horse and rider accidents, anywhere where there's a potential to have a back and neck injury.

Then we have the scoop device. The scoop device is used to move patients from the floor or from a position of lying where we can get the scoop underneath the patient, measure it, and fit it correctly. We can lift the patient with the scoop, then onto a spinal board, or we can actually transport them on the scoop, or move them from the floor onto a stretcher or an ambulance cot. It's a way of moving a patient, keeping them as still and as stable as possible. Still looking after the back and the spinal cord, but we're reducing the amount of movement, lateral movement that we do to the patient's back. So we have the spine board or backboard, and the scoop stretcher.

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