Minimal patient handling: a faculty of prehospital care consensus statement
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Key points of statement:
- “Patients should be managed according to a package of minimal handling considerations” – in order to promote haemostasis a principle of a “single movement” to restore the patient to anatomical position as best as possible then avoid unnecessary movement/handling for rest of transport to ED
- Scoop stretcher is the recommended method of patient transfer/handling and spinal immobilisation
- Long spine board is to be used for extrication only and not for patient transfer
- The patient should be immobilised on the scoop stretcher with scoop to skin – clothes should be removed in prehospital setting to avoid local pressure injuries and allow better application of pelvic and traction splints. Measures to avoid hypothermia need to be utilised
- A Vacuum mattress should be utilised if transport time will exceed 45 minutes