Binder Lift helps Kensington NH Firefighters reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19
Without the Binder Lift twice as many providers may have had direct patient contact
CODY, Wyo.,– The Kensington Fire Rescue department began field testing the Binder Lift this spring, and their timing couldn’t have been any better. Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, fire and EMS departments across the world are implementing new policies and protocols intended to reduce the risk of exposure of the virus to field providers. Arguably the best way to reduce risk of exposure is to limit the number of providers that have direct patient contact whenever possible. The Binder Lift helped Kensington Fire Rescue members do just that. After being dispatched to a patient who had fallen from a horse, Chief Jonathan True and four other members responded. Once arriving on scene, True and one other EMS provider approached the patient, while the other members maintained their distance. The patient was alert and sitting on the ground. After conducting an initial assessment, True cleared C-spine and determined it was best to transport the patient in a position of comfort. The patient would not tolerate laying down because it caused too much pain, so a soft stretcher, scoop stretcher, or backboard would be of little help. The Binder Lift turned out to be the perfect option to help them transport the patient without causing any further pain for the patient, or unnecessary risk of exposure for the responding crews.
Getting the patient onto the stretcher is often the most difficult part of a call for EMS providers. This becomes even more difficult when carrying devices won’t work. In this case, the patient needed to stay in a seated position, and they needed to avoid compressing or stretching her spine due to her pain. They applied the Binder Lift which helped them safely lift her onto the stretcher. They used the Binder Lift as a type of soft splint to help provide comfort and stability for the patient all the way to the hospital. “If we didn’t have the Binder Lift, I would have had to re-tone or call mutual aid to help pick her up safely”, says True. The Binder Lift helped True and his crew easily lift the patient without undue movement, while also keeping the number of providers having direct patient contact to a minimum.
About Binder Lift
The first Binder Lift was created in 2012 by Dan Binder because he believed his wife deserved a tool that would help keep her safe while lifting patients in the prehospital setting. Today, we still have the same core belief that very EMS provider deserves to have equipment necessary to do their job safely. We help providers safely lift patients of any size with ease. Our products are manufactured right here in the USA by R&B manufacturing in Oakwood, Ohio. We are a family operated business that keeps our family values in the business environment. Give us a call, we’d love to chat.