The Neil Robertson is a well-proven Rescue Stretcher, which allows the simple and safe recovery of a patient from difficult or unconventional situations. It is designed for use in instances where a casualty needs to be lowered or lifted to safety.The Neil Robertson stretcher is made of flexible semi rigid canvas or PVC coating with wood or bamboo inside and can be folded easily when not in use or during accessing small spaces.The stretcher is provided with strong straps which when firmly wrapped around the victim, give strong support to hold the person with almost negligible movement with respect to stretcher, which is very important when rescuing or transferring injured person.
The Neil Robertson stretcher is used for removing an injured person from spaces wherein access, doors, or hatches are too small to permit the use of regular stretchers. Spaces such as engine-room spaces, Cargo holds, Pump rooms, Boiler room etc. are few examples of such compact spaces on ship.
- Flexible semi-rigid canvas or PVC design
- Vertical recovery
- High quality materials for longer product life
- The victim is tied up firmly with the stretcher, avoiding unwanted fall.
- Can be removed vertically from confined spaces like hatches etc, as victim is secured with the stretcher.
- When a life line is tied to the stretcher, unwanted swaying can be avoided.
- Easy to use and can be neatly folded so that can be brought to the accident site.
- The strapping holds the casualty firmly even when you need to recover vertically
How to use
- Getting ready to lift the casualty sufficiently for the Neil Robertson stretcher to be slid under him. With only three attendants, the wrists of an unconscious patient have to be tied together – but not tightly.
- Lower the patient slowly – if he is unconscious, support his head.
- Ensure patient’s armpits are in the correct place before you finish lowering him.
- Strapped up – the arms can be strapped inside or outside the chest section of the stretcher, depending upon the injuries.
- Carrying the patient – but keep the head section level with the chest section if the neck may be Hurt.
- Hoisting a casualty through a hatch .
- Moving a casualty vertically.
Note: to steady the stretcher, a rope goes from the foot of the stretcher to a seafarer below.
What is “Neil Robertson Stretcher” on Ships?
The last thing any mariner would want to get involved in is an accident on ship, keeping in mind lack of proper medical facilities present on board. But still accidents are prone to happen as ship is a complicated floating structure with several machineries, moving equipments, and compact spaces.
If an accident occurs on a ship, the life of the person greatly depends on the time taken to remove the person from the site of accident and transfer him to the ship’s hospital room, where the first aid and other medical procedures can be carried out. There are several medical equipments available on board and the Neil Robertson stretcher is the most commonly used one on board ships.