After teaching a PHTLS course, I am curious on what type of spinal immobilzation device one uses on a trauma with significant injuries?
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They work very well but must have a rigid backing to be considered true immobilization. They are very comfortable and warm for the patient. On extended extrications, you may have to repump them to keep the vacuum as they will leak a bit. They are also much easier to carry than a LSB.how well do the full body vacuum splints work? we have a set of vac-u-splints for the extremities but I have never had the chance to use a full body one nor does my agency have one..
Just to clarify... R/R911 is talking about a Reeves Sleeve - which goes over a backboard and acts in place of the standard CID's and Straps. Proponents say that it does a much better job at immobilizing patients... Detractors say it takes too long to apply (just like the KED)....but we carry scoops and Reeves as well...