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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So, when we come to actually fit or apply the scoop stretcher, we need to make sure a few things are done correctly. First of all, the head end of the scoop. The narrow end of the scoop is the foot end. The wide end of the scoop is the head end. There is an individual piece at the top, which is where the head and the head block should sit. And the bar needs to be naturally above the patient because it is got a lock above their head. We do not want to catch their hair or anything else in the lock at the top. We then have to measure it so it is the correct length. And that is done by releasing the clip, extending the actual scoop longer than the patient. But not much longer than the patient. This is where the patient's feet should rest. Once we have got the length correct, we lock it off again and it locates and locks itself off. And the same happens to match on the opposite scoop. So again, we extend it. Can you just extend that for me? We extend it down to match the opposite side. That will do. Flip the catch in for me. That is it. And then lock it off, because it will actually locate into a hole, a locating hole, down the side of the tube.

So once it has found its location, it locks off. What we do next is we actually roll the patient slightly towards me, and slide the scoop in. So taking care with the hands across the chest, again, keep hold of your hands for me, we roll the patient slightly and slide the scoop underneath the patient. Okay, we allow the patient to roll back, and we repeat the process from the opposite side. So if you can roll towards you. We will slide the scoop in, that is fine. That is enough. Once we have gone far enough we can then check it is locked in place. We can then adjust to match the opposite side correctly. Lock again, bring the scoop together, and the two lock in place. The scoop is now locked at the head and the foot and the patient is supported in the stretcher itself. We now are able to lift the patient without any undue movement to the back, head, neck or legs. So we can very easily move the patient and transport them on a scoop, on a stretcher, on a spinal board, on a cot on the back of an ambulance. It gives us a way of moving a spine patient easily and safely.

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