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

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Using the scoop stretcher

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How to Properly Fit a Scoop Stretcher


When applying a scoop stretcher, it's crucial to ensure correct positioning and length adjustment to safely transport patients. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Positioning and Length Adjustment

Identify the head and foot ends of the scoop stretcher. The narrow end is the foot end, while the wide end is the head end. Ensure the head block sits securely at the top of the head end, with the bar positioned above the patient's head to avoid catching hair or clothing. Adjust the length of the stretcher by releasing the clip and extending it slightly longer than the patient, ensuring the feet rest at the designated spot. Lock the stretcher at the correct length, repeating the process for the opposite side.

Insertion Process

Roll the patient slightly towards one side and slide the scoop stretcher underneath, ensuring gentle handling to avoid discomfort. Repeat the process from the opposite side, sliding the stretcher in until fully inserted and locked in place. Check for proper locking and alignment on both sides before lifting the patient.


With the scoop stretcher securely fitted, patients can be lifted and transported safely without risking further injury to the back, head, neck, or legs. This method provides a reliable and efficient means of moving spine patients during emergency situations.

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