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Stretcher Safety

David Page MS, NREMT-P

The “Stretcher Cross-Check” is a proof-of-concept example of a checklist that might be used to improve safety with stretchers.

Editor's Note: This item has been obtained for the EMS Reference by Editor-in-Chief David I. Page.

Cross-checks with a standardized checklist have saved many lives during simple procedures, such as ensuring a door is locked before an airplane takes off to complex crash landings into a river. They can also help ensure unnecessary risks are avoided during routine procedures that often cause injury, such as stretcher use. Ways to reduce risk of injury to patient or provider include removing loose straps and standardizing the process of loading and unloading. For more tips, view this stretcher cross-check video and download the stretcher removal and stretcher loading safety cards.

 

Using a checklist and verbally confirming safe stretcher removal techniques help reduce provider and patient injury.
Using a checklist and verbally confirming safe stretcher removal techniques help reduce provider and patient injury.

Stretcher-Removal-Checklist-card.jpg, by jenberry

Using a checklist and verbally confirming safe stretcher loading techniques help reduce provider and patient injury.
Using a checklist and verbally confirming safe stretcher loading techniques help reduce provider and patient injury.

Stretcher-Loading-Checklist-card.jpg, by jenberry

 

Published: January 15, 2016
Revised: September 28, 2016