June 11, 2019 | View as webpage
For patients who have experienced severe blunt or penetrating trauma, patient positioning and immobilization interventions can protect the spinal column and the airway during moves and transportation.

Not only is patient positioning crucial for patient comfort and safety, but proper lifting and moving techniques and practice are important for provider health and safety as well. About half of the on-the-job injuries sustained by EMS providers occur while lifting and moving patients.

In this newsletter, learn how to train for safely moving patients, common lifting scenarios you’ll encounter in the field, and how to use the tools at your disposal to reduce the risk of injuries to providers and further injury to patients.
FEATURED SAFETY ARTICLES
Spinal motion restriction
Present the following points from the ACS, ACEP, NAEMSP spinal motion restriction guidelines to help EMS students make transport, device decisions
Patient positioning is a critical skill for EMS providers
Safety devices, including the c-collar and backboard, as well as proper patient positioning must be utilized correctly to prevent injury to trauma patients
5 EMS back injury prevention tips
To be in the EMS profession for the long haul, following these simple lifting tips every day will pay off in the future
4 steps to achieve true fitness in EMS
Use these techniques to build a great foundation of first responder-specific strength and become tactically fit
3 benefits of investing in powered patient transport equipment
Power cots and loading systems simplify lifts, help protect providers from injuries and provide greater stability for patients
How to train for 3 common patient lifting scenarios
Prepare mentally and physically to avoid injury when lifting patients from awkward positions
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