First, knowing the proper way to use a lifeguard spineboard kit is imperative for any lifeguard. It’s recommended to stay up to date and understand how to use your your lifeguard spineboard effectively. Here’s what you need to know to stay prepared when saving lives.
When to Use a Spineboard
A spineboard is used when the potential for a spinal injury has occurred. If you suspect a victim may have hit their head or injured their spinal cord and needs to be stabilized, a lifeguard spineboard is the preferred rescue equipment. This can ensure that no further damage happens to the victim’s head, neck, and spine when removing them from the water.
Parts of the Spineboard Kit
A typical spine board is equipped with:
How to Use the Spineboard
The spineboard kit is equipped with many straps to secure the patient onto the board and eliminate movement. Follow these steps when using a spineboard:
Always have a Spineboard Kit near you when lifeguarding to ensure you’re ready for any unseen scenario.