New Backboard Strap System

The Spider Strap and its many imitators have a loyal following in EMS. The only problem is you need an advanced degree to be able to fold them up. The other problem with them is the hook & loop fastener – it is nearly impossible to clean. Once you start rinsing blood out, it seems as though there is no end to it.

A more recent development is the Tiger Strap. One of our key users of this product, felt like it too had some real room for improvement. So after consulting at length with Matt Cushman of Raytown EMS, We set out to incorporate his good ideas into a brand new product.

The new AllMed Speedstrap is a 12-point strap system that uses plastic buckles instead of hook & loop (Velcro™). It is fast to apply, and much easier to clean. The SpeedStrap is manufactured of high-quality Polypropylene Webbing that resists absorbing fluids. The sewing quality is superb. All strap stress points are bar-tacked and box stitched, for the ultimate in long-lasting and reliable performance.

Just line the top Red Colored Strap with the top of the chest wall and secure them up tightly in the patients’ armpits (under the arms). Then everything else lines up by itself. The top two straps are designed to help integrate the Cervical Collar &/or CID in place. The 4” wide center panel leaves the chest wall visible, and even fits most women comfortably. Once you attach each pair of Side Release Buckles, from above the patient pull both male straps ends simultaneously. This balances the load and centers the strap, automatically.

Our next version will add speed clips. That way the SpeedStrap could be stored away from the backboard in it’s carry case (standard). For now though, we have completed the design & testing phase of the initial version, and are looking forward to launching it very soon.


About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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7 Responses to New Backboard Strap System

  1. evencastles says:

    Greetings from Shanghai.

  2. Eric says:

    I like it!  You are very correct with the cleaning issues regarding Velcro.  This should make it much easier to clean.  When you are ready to sell, let me know & I\’ll have my supply guy check it out.  Do they come in different sizes?

  3. Dan says:

    No to the different sizes, I\’m just not all that convinced a
    Pediatric would get sold or used enough to be worth doing two different sizes.
    You could easily use the adult SpeedStrap on patients down to 9 years old, no
    sweat.  The only Pedi-Version of a multi-point system currently available
    is the Pediatric Spider Strap.

    I will let you know when it is finally ready, by
    posting the link on this comments page. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. Eric says:

    Actually, I was referring to a large adult size, rather than a pediatric size.  The Spiders we use now (blue & yellow, can\’t remember the brand name) come in an XL size, too.  I call it the Teletubby size.  We don\’t use them too often, but when we need them, they are invaluable.  My back aches just thinking about it!  Anyway, something to think about.  Looking forward to seeing your product.

  5. Dan says:

    I\’ve given your comments considerable thought, and I\’ve decided to punt.
    The SpeedStrap will go on a patient with up to a 58" waist. That\’s a
    pretty big guy. The inherent extra liability when
    bariatric patients are being immobilized has scared me off. Thanks for
    the good idea though, until you proposed it I had not even considered a
    "TeleTubby" version.

  6. Unknown says:

    Can the patient be safely tilted feet-down for embankments, staircases, and confined space carries (not to mention to prevent longitudinal motion in even a normal transport)?

  7. Dan says:

    It comes with an extra strap for a figure 8 ankle hitch – BUT – Please don\’t try to make a backboard work as a Reeves Litter – it just is NOT designed for it. Backboards should only be used for horizontal applications.

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