When a person calls 000 for emergency, people are up on their toes to make sure that the person who called is safe. It is more difficult if the situation calls for search and rescue. This is a common situation especially when there are earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters.
Helicopters are the ones that can be used to be able to do search and rescue in very steep mountains or heavy forest trails. Helicopter stretcher is also called a rescue basket. It is usually made of light metal or strong plastic that can house an adult faced up.
Uses of a stretcher
A litter or the helicopter stretcher is used mainly to transport critically ill person from one place to another. The use of an aircraft is faster than to transport them by land. It can also be used to rescue people in dangerous situations like a burning building or a car hanging on a cliff. A helicopter stretcher can have wheels like the one that is used in hospitals for transport from one hospital to another. But there is the litter that is used for rescue and they do not have wheels and it is meant to be carried. Stretchers are used to immobilize a patient. This is needed so that if there are internal injuries, they would not get worse. Patients are usually strapped on the stretcher to secure them and not let them fall.
When to use the different kinds of stretcher
The stretcher that has wheels and looks like a hospital bed is used if there are patients who need to be transported from one hospital to another fast. They can also be used if there is a need for a patient at home or in any other flat space like a highway, or a building that needs medical attention and they are critically injured. The stretcher that is used for rescue have different accessory too depending on where the rescue will be. For example if the rescue will be on the water, there are floating devices that are placed on the stretcher to help float the patient to safety. It also helps in bearing the weight of the patient.
If the patient will be taken from the side of a cliff or a mountain, there is a cover that comes along with the stretcher. This will save the patient from falling rocks while being lifted to the helicopter. All stretchers come with straps and neck collar to secure the patient and immobilize them. Safety is the priority when it comes to medical equipment. The safety of the patient and the one transporting them is the most important things.
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