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    Looking for a half-board type of extrication harness to provide immobilization and vertical removal from a confined space. I think we have it narrowed down to the Yates spec-pak or the LSP half-back splint. Anybody have any experience with either of these 2 devices? Any other devices you can suggest?? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MEAN15 View Post
    Looking for a half-board type of extrication harness to provide immobilization and vertical removal from a confined space. I think we have it narrowed down to the Yates spec-pak or the LSP half-back splint. Anybody have any experience with either of these 2 devices? Any other devices you can suggest?? Thanks
    I've worked a lot with the Skippy CSR Board. www.skippyboard.com as well as the LSP Half Back. Make sure to read all the instructions on the Half Back..... It says that it is not to be used to vertically lift a spinal immobilized patient. The Half Back was designed as a multi-purpose rescue device which is why they charge so much money for it. It has an aluminum plate that slides into a rear pocket to provide immobilization such as a KED, OSS, etc. The head restraint system on it is very soft and floppy and does a poor job of immobilizing the head and neck. They back plate can be removed to create a rescue harness for a rescuer to wear. I'm a firm believer that if the manufacturer says "don't do that with my whatever" then I tend to believe that all liability rests on me if I violate their specific instructions.

    I have never had an opportunity to use a Yates Spec Pak before so I can't comment on its pro's or con's.

    The Skippy CSR Board was designed by a MA firefighter named Bob McFadrie who was in Air Force Pararescue in Vietnam. The board is easy to put on a patient and rated for lifting a patient. At one time the Skippy Board was on every U.S. Navy vessel and in hundreds of industrial rescue teams equipment caches. I haven't chatted with Bob in a while so I don't know if he finally retired or not.

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    Well, Mike gave you some pretty good feedback. We have both the Yates and the halfback, the team seems to prefer the halfback. It is pretty easy to use, but as far as the medical side of it, I could not say to the efficacy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelXYZ View Post
    Well, Mike gave you some pretty good feedback. We have both the Yates and the halfback, the team seems to prefer the halfback. It is pretty easy to use, but as far as the medical side of it, I could not say to the efficacy.
    The halfback is used all over the U.S. but I seldom meet any owners who have actually read the directions. Maybe it's a "guy" thing. LOL. I find that it, like the KED, puts the patient in a sitting position when lifting vertically and that can create problems when trying to get the patient through a small diameter hole. It is supposed to have a lifting bridle that attaches to the 2 triangular rings on the front chest area. I see a lot of halfbacks in use with no bridle because they got lost at some previous operation.

    Pro's for the halfback....easy to put on. Color coded buckles (hard to see the color coding in a dark confined space), a fairly comfortable ride for the patient.

    Ultimately, as with any device you put on a patient, if you screw it up you can get sued. If you don't screw it up and the rescue goes perfectly, you can still get sued. This is America after all. If that is the only spinal immobilization device you have that will fit in a confined space then my recommendation is to do what you gotta do. There currently is no "perfect" short spinal immobilization device out there (that I know of) that is rated for vertically lifting patients. Practice with your devices often enough so it becomes 2nd nature in a dark confined space with limited help available and let the lawyers fight it out later.

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    We use the LSP Halfback, no complaints. Trained with the Yates, like it, also liked that the backside was rigid, hangs up on less. Both are easy to use and work well.
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