Oregon Patent of the Month – May 2022

Transferring an injured person to a stretcher and then to an ambulance shouldn’t cause any additional harm. Sometimes the distance between the stretcher and the ambulance is pretty large for instance when moving a person from a battlefield or a forest. When this needs to happen, the stretcher needs to provide as much support as possible. Skedco, Inc. – a rescue equipment R&D company in Oregon – has developed a stretcher with an improved harness for exactly these rescue missions.

Their rescue stretcher has a support mat coupled to the base panel. The mat is thick enough to support the weight of any person, helping to protect them against debris and other hazards while being moved. For instance, if dragging the stretcher along the ground, no rocks will cause further damage. A harness is included with multiple slings and straps to Support an injured person regardless of their entry. This harness includes a set of shoulder straps as well as a groin harness with leg straps so that the person could be secured to the base panel. An additional security strap is coupled to the base panel extending all the way across like a seatbelt. To further increase its applicability the structure has flotation devices in order to allow for water evacuations as well.

Skedco has been designing structures for more than 30 years building products of various textiles and with multiple Hardware components. Their designs are used in a range of applications from the battlefield to your day-to-day emergency response. These innovations have ranged from their Oregon Spine Splint which immobilizes patients with spinal injuries to their self-right sked which allows for upright positioning during transportation.

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