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Special Report: Patient handling tools and techniques

Despite all of the advances in technology and medical knowledge in EMS, one of our baseline functions is still to move patients around. To that end, it's surprising how little attention we pay to lifting and moving patients. In this in-depth report, we put patient handling devices under the microscope.

Exclusive Coverage

The EMS roundtable: Expert insights on patient handling With many EMS providers being injured during this essential phase of an EMS call, we asked experts from our roster of columnists to share their thoughts on this fundamental aspect of the job. Full Story
What if patients came with handles? No matter what tool or device you use, you are still the ultimate tool. As a responder you must get your body set to complete the task. However, products can help reduce injury and make our jobs easier — we just have to use them and use them correctly. Full Story
Facebook community: 8 memorable patient handling calls "Carrying a patient to the rig in three feet of snow. I couldn't see where we were walking, and had six guys holding the board..." We asked our Facebook fans to share memories of their responses over the years. Full Story
Video: Safety tips for your bariatric unit EMS Clinical Supervisor Shannon Watson provides a few important safety tips when setting up a bariatric ambulance ramp and winch system. Full Story

Featured Survey


In early November of 2012, EMS1 presented responders with a survey on patient handling. Read up on the results.

Featured Video


Challenge: Stair Climb.
See EZ LIFT Rescue System in action, lifting a patient from ground to gurney and carrying both up and down stairs.

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