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Ariz. medic's invention can save backs

The firefighter paramedic has developed a belt that will help first responders while lifting heavy patients

By Regina Ford
Green Valley News & Sun

GREEN VALLEY, Ariz. — Green Valley firefighter Diane Vetter has been on hundreds of medical calls but one she took several years ago has led to an invention that could make life easier for first-responders all over the country.

“We encountered a 600-pound man who was sitting on his bedroom floor,” Vetter recalled. “The man said he was uninjured and he just needed help getting back on his feet.”

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Charlene Mcdonald Charlene Mcdonald Thursday, November 01, 2012 5:15:16 PM I think maybe a chest harness might be need as well, seeing as its the top half of the pt that usually carries the majority of th pt body weight. usually large pt are sweaty and slippery, and that usually causes the pt to slip out of the crews gloved hands, a belt and loops would be great, but its a really good invention.
Tommy Salami Tommy Salami Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:34:38 PM sprang?
Lori Jean Lynk Lori Jean Lynk Thursday, November 01, 2012 9:37:29 PM So, I thought this was an invention to help EMS personnel lift a patient. My friend Mary was 296 lbs. She was bedridden and could not roll without assistance. It usually took 3-4 people to move her from the bed to the guerney. There is no was she could roll enough to get that under her. Plus, as charlene pointed out, there needs to be something around the upper body. Its a good first concept though
Dave Mills Dave Mills Saturday, November 03, 2012 11:04:58 AM Great idea - but we've been using the same lift principal with a simple, old hospital bed sheet (or two as needed) rolled up :)
Tuna Stephaney Lacey Tuna Stephaney Lacey Saturday, November 03, 2012 11:47:47 AM This is a good idea, but what if the person that has fallen has a neck injury? I'm far from overweight, but when I was in swimming for my high school, I slipped and hit my neck on the bench. It caused me to go unconscious for awhile. So again, how do you work with someone that has a neck injury? or back injury? When I became conscious, the paramedics were moving me on to a spine board and them moving me made my neck and back hurt worse. I can only imagine that this idea would make someone's injury worse too...