Innovative, Easy to Use and Saves Your Back!
Spinal Immobilization Board With Dolly Features
Unique design brings the functionality of a dolly to a backboard. The dolly feature allows First Responders to:
- Roll rather than carry a patient
- Remove patients from space-constricted locations
- Prevent back injuries
- Prevent movement of the patient during transport
- Allows each First Responder to transfer more patients in a given time period
Wauk™ Board Eases Evacuations for First Responders
Evacuation from buildings is currently performed with a backboard or a stretcher by carrying the patient down the stairwell. First Responders have a high risk of back injury from this procedure.
The WauK™ Board allows First Responders to transport the evacuee in a supine position on the board, while the wheels and footrest allow them to gently roll a patient down each step rather than carrying them down the stairwell.
The WauK™ Board acts as a dolly during transport. As a result, fewer personnel are needed per patient. This uses First Response personnel more efficiently and gets patients out faster for a given number of staff. This could be especially beneficial in an evacuation where many people have to be evacuated in the shortest time possible.
RESCUE PATIENTS FROM TIGHT SPACES
In the current procedure, if a patient requires immobilization on a spine board, they must be carried to the cot or ambulance. Tight spaces are often difficult to negotiate turn and corners because of the length of a spine board. Further, if you take the spine board off-parallel to maneuver around a tight corner, care must be taken to prevent the patient from sliding down the board.
The WauK™ board’s footrest is deployed when the patient is log rolled onto the board. The patient is lifted to the upright position to allow rescue from the tight space. By raising the patient to an upright position, the board’s small footprint allows easy turning around tight corners, preventing awkward lifting in cases where the spine board is longer than the space where the turn must occur.Patient care is not compromised because the footrest prevents the patient from sliding down the board.
EASILY ROLL A PATIENT DOWN STAIRS
In the current procedure, a patient must be lifted over the hand rail when the platform area of the scissor stairs is reached.
With the WauK™ board, when the platform of the stairs is reached, the patient is raised to the upright position. The First Responder at the foot end of the WauK™ board can place his toe in front of one wheel, heeling the bottom of the board. The First Responder at the head end of the board raises it to the upright position and rotates it 180 degrees so that the board faces the next section of the stairs. The board is lowered to the stair transport position and the First Responders roll the patient down the stairs.
PREVENT BACK INJURY
The WauK™ board allows two First Responders to lift the head end of the backboard with the patient on it to shoulder height and roll the patient from the point of rescue to the cot. In this procedure both responders face forward and are able to see where they are going.
The WauK™ board helps prevent back injury by allowing First Responders to transport their patient safely by rolling them rather than carrying them.
The Wauk™ Board Instructions
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Wauk™ Board Features
- Two 3″ diameter wheels at the foot and provide smooth roll ability
- A rugged built-in footrest that is perpendicular to the board when opened and flush with the board when folded shut
- With footrest in closed position it serves as a standard backboard
- X-ray translucent, lightweight and rigid
- Floatable and impervious to body fluids
- Dimensions” 78″ long, 18″ wide and 2″ thick