The CombiCarrier II is a new version of Hartwell Medical‘s innovative emergency stretcher, and a Silver winner of the 2008 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the Medical & Scientific category. (IDEA 2008 awards were announced today.) The device is designed to minimize spinal movement of patients after a potential back or neck injury by sliding the two sections of the stretcher under the person without rolling or shifting. Additionally, being made of plastic, the stretcher allows for X-rays to pass right through, allowing hospital staff to take the patient directly to radiology.
Some of the features from the CombiCarrier product page:
Approved as a full backboard and orthopedic stretcher
Patient can be rotated and slid out onto the CombiCarrier during auto extrication situations. Works like a traditional backboard.
Separates in Half for Application
Can be separated at either end. Eliminates unnecessary movement making it ideal for patients with suspected hip and pelvic injuries.
Continuous Head Support Surface
Improves neutral alignment and minimizes head movement during application and removal. Accommodates most durable and disposable head immobilizers, i.e., #445, HeadHugger™ and HeadBed II™.
Auto-Lock Latch System
Recessed side latch is positioned away from patient. Locks instantly during application, manual release required during removal from patient.
Seamless Plastic Construction
No rivets, drive screws or roll pins. High density polyethylene is easily cleaned and disinfected. Helps comply with OSHA regulations. Foam filling makes it ideal for water rescue situations.
Clear center section provides unobstructed A/P view of patient’s spine. Split-design allows for simple, easy removal and reapplication for detailed X-ray examination if necessary.