UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • To provide comfort and spinal alignment during the inter-facility transfer of confirmed/suspected spinal patients to definitive care.
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations
  • N / A
Procedure
  • All relevant infection control methods are to be utilised.
  • Unfold the vacuum mattress, inspect it for damage, place it on a flat surface and spread the filling out evenly.
  • If possible, place a clean bed sheet on the Vacuum mattress.
  • Connect the vacuum pump to the valve at the feet end.
  • Ensure there is nothing in the patient’s pockets that could cause an injury.

  • Ensure that a cervical collar is in place, and maintain inline immobilisation throughout procedure.
  • Using the Scoop stretcher carefully lift the patient off the bed and place on the vacuum mattress.
  • Secure the straps and fold the mattress around the patient.
  • Using the vacuum pump (or wall mounted suction), start to deflate the mattress whilst moulding it around the patient.
  • Special care should be taken around the patients head to ensure it provides proper lateral support.
  • Once fully deflated and rigid, scoop patient and vacuum mattress up and place on stretcher. Secure with stretcher straps for transport.
  • Regularly check that mattress is still rigid during transport.
  • Once at receiving facility, reverse process to remove patient from vacuum mattress.
  • Ensure you clean the vacuum mattress before packing it away.
Success
Success
Discontinue
Discontinue
Additional Information
Additional information

References
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