15 reasons the RPM is better than a backboard!

In the pre-hospital setting backboards are often used more as an adjunct for patient moving than for spinal immobilization. If your patient moving needs don’t include the need to keep your patient perfectly flat and immobilized, our Rapid Patient Mover (RPM) may be just the tool you’re looking for!

Here are 15 reasons you should consider using a RPM over a backboard for your most common patient moving needs:

  1. The RPM doesn’t take up much room on an ambulance or fire truck. Several RPM's can be stored in a common vehicle compartment.
  2. Because the RPM is not rigid it doesn't cause pressure sores or increase muscle pain when a patient is secured in it.
  3. The RPM can be used as a transfer sheet.
  4. A patient being moved around a tight corner in an RPM can be bent naturally instead of having to be put in a standing position, which would require several rescuers and very secure strap placement.
  5. The 64 attachment points on the RPM allow the patient to be secured in a manner dictated by patient need, not attachment point location.
  6. The RPM can be dragged by one rescuer if necessary.
  7. The RPM can be deployed under a patient without lifting or rolling them.
  8. The RPM can be effectively used for pediatrics by folding it to desired length.
  9. The RPM can be used as a sling to assist in lifting extremely obese patients.
  10. A patient requiring spinal motion restriction, but not immobilization, can be packaged, carried, transported, transferred to the hospital bed and sent to imaging all on the RPM without the need to switch devices.
  11. The RPM accommodates mechanical CPR devices without requiring special securing methods or worrying about the patient shifting while being carried.
  12. The RPM will accommodate the use of a backboard IF it is needed, providing a safer way to secure and carry the immobilized patient by providing dozens of handles and the ability to drag, lift, or carry as the situation calls for.
  13. In multiple casualty situations, one rescuer can easily carry several RPM's to where they are needed.
  14. The RPM can be deployed under a patient even in tight spaces.
  15.  A patient on a RPM can be placed in a sitting position.

-The B2 Products Team