CMC Rescue / Skedco Offers New Drag-On Lift Harness to Expedite Confined Space Rescues
(Goleta, Calif.) — Because of the need for a quick extrication device when spinal immobilization is not a concern, the Drag-On Lift Harness™ was developed and engineered by CMC Rescue and Skedco as a means to rapidly package and evacuate a patient from a confined space or area with limited access. The device enables the rescuer to provide a fast load-and-go technique that allows the patient to be packaged efficiently and securely for a vertical lift, horizontal carry out or drag extraction. The drag sheet is constructed from heavy-duty E-Z glide plastic that becomes rigid when curved around the patient. Compact storage, ease of use, and flexibility in transport have made other Sked® products that use this technology popular worldwide. The system is designed for vertical extrication using the harness V-ring attachments, or the integrated handles allow the stretcher to be carried or dragged on its smooth surface. In the event that spinal immobilization is needed, the device is compatible with the Skedco Oregon Spine Splint system (OSS) and cervical collar.
• Designed for quick and secure vertical lifts, dragging or carry-out extractions
• Vertical lift attachment points designed for use with a lifting bridle/spreader bar
• Compatible with Skedco OSS system and other spinal immobilization devices
• Replaceable Skedco E-Z glide plastic drag sheet protects patient and harness
• Integrated harness assembly restrains the patient securely
• Padded back section and leg loops provide patient comfort
• Color-coded straps and quick-connect fasteners expedite patient packaging
• Handles on sides, top and bottom allow for easy positioning and moving the patient
• AustriAlpin Cobra® buckles are secure and simple to adjust
• Corrosion-resistant hardware
• X-ray translucent
• Cleans easily
• UL Classified to NFPA 1983 (2012 ED) Class III Victim Extrication Device
• Made in USA of domestic and foreign components
Spinal Immobilization Protocol
There has been a recent trend in the increasing number of EMS agencies that support a progressive, evidence-based approach in an effort to lessen unnecessary spinal immobilizations in the field. It's appropriate for emergency personnel to immobilize certain trauma patients, however many other trauma patients are unnecessarily immobilized. Spinal immobilization isn't always a benign intervention as it can result in increased scene time, delay of delivery to definitive care, problematic airway management, increased patient pain and discomfort, and unnecessary radiographic testing. Many trauma patients can be safely and accurately assessed and treated without spinal immobilization if they meet all criteria in pre-hospital spinal assessment guidelines. Extensive training and ongoing review is necessary for an effective selective immobilization protocol. Always refer to your specific medical directive for spinal immobilization procedure.
About CMC Rescue
For 38 years, CMC has been developing innovative tools and techniques used by professionals in the fire service, USAR, wilderness rescue, rigging, tactical and work-at-height industries. Today, the CMC Rescue brand is synonymous with technical rescue and rescue training around the world. An employee-owned company, CMC Rescue is ISO-9001certified. For more information, visit www.cmcrescue.com.