2 man portable package will go most places a man can go
The concept is<< RAPID EXTRICATION>>from confined space by Scoop N S.K.E.D.
components of package are,
02 kit, small red above right
ems kit, large red orange below right with spo2, blood sugar, A.E.D. blood pressure bandaging and splinting iv support airway support (not management)
S.K.E.D., tubular orange middle left.
Head blocks and C collar, and silver EMS restraint tape(quack, quack) center above.
Scoop Stretcher, yellow backbone of the system, behind everything else.
You can lift it from either end carry it horizontal flip it over horizontal and end to end.
All components remain in their locations. 2 man portable. Hauable by rope
(you do have a buddy system for your first responders/rescuers don’t you?)
The concept is a small light portable system to enable 2 man portability into tanks holds void and confined spaces and other areas where human occupation was not a thought or concern. Many of these places have minimal access and rudimentary ladders and walkways uneven floors structural members and piping restricting mobility and generally creating a huge barrier to extrication. Having all these obstacles to contend with a rapid extrication plan of action just makes good sense when you can hear the golden hour ticking in the background.
1 C spine rapid initial observation evaluation of patient condition. conscious, breathing, bleed, processing information, and following directions, rapid hands on body for impaled objects, or obvious fractures.
2 airway support, if needed. quick ears on chest 3 second listen.
3 control major bleeding, if needed. assess all pulses you can get to
4 1st person c spine 2 nd person scoop injured party and secure with straps.
!st person holds patient c spine for quick 360 deg wrap of silver immobilization tape.
5 Re evaluate above interventions 1-3 for deterioration as this will be your last fully accessible look at the patient due to sked coverage of all but the mid line body.
6 deploy sked place scoop inside sked strap up sked
7 secure sked
8 1st person move equipment forward to the entry point,while 2nd person monitors patient>>>then<<< 1 st and 2nd person move patient to entry point (if patient conditions worsen you can ALWAYS find motivation to rapidly move patient to equipment and entry point, constantly moving forward) Don’t allow yourself to be torn between 2 points……
9 Extrication of patient by haul line rope rescue using sked or pass through manhole or other entry point to exterior.
10 Team buddy count and assessment of their conditions, equipment roundup and team extraction out of confined space.
All this is usually done in the dark with contaminants in a less than ideal atmosphere slippery footing and every imaginable obstacle to progress right there after the last one has been conquered. Add to this tangled or caught air lines,or extra weight of scba air pacs, banged up shins rolled ankles and skinned elbows and pinched fingers. Just the chance to give someone a few more breaths and it suddenly makes it worth it.
With some, repetitious training this can be accomplished in under 20 min, leaving 2/3 of the golden hour for transfer to ambulance services full assessment and transport to a trauma facility.
Of course the above assumes a trauma injury, instead of a medical condition. Imagine a fall from height. It doesn’t have to be very high anywhere above six feet really. Working under the old protocols for the agency I was involved in, a fall from 12 feet had a automatic response from life flight helicopter and transport to UTMB. Galveston, Tx.