5 Ways to Pad Your Spineboard

When I was first trained in EMS, we were taught and graded on padding the voids between the spine board and body during spinal immobilization. Humans have contours in their spine. Padding helps improve patient comfort.

Forcing patients to lie flat on a rigid board is uncomfortable and cold. It can also cause pressure sores during long transports.

One thing I learned years ago is that pressure on soft tissue that is as little as 32mm of mercury can cause skin to start breaking down. That is why many trauma centers switch the EMS collar out as soon as possible for a softer rehab collar. Continue


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 EMS1.com, on AmbulanceWorld.com and Multibriefs.com. I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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