What is a Stokes litter used for?

What is a Stokes litter used for?

A Stokes basket, also called a Stokes stretcher or Stokes litter, is a metal wire or plastic litter widely used in search and rescue. Its key feature is that it can be disassembled for transport in backpacks or by pack horse.

Why is a rescue basket called a litter?

During the mid-20th century, by association with the bedding used in barns and stables, litter came to refer to the absorbent material placed in a box or tray that is used by pets when the call of nature arises.

How wide is a Stokes basket?

This Stokes basket has been designed to fit most 16″ x 72″ (40.64 cm x 182.88 cm) backboards. It has nylon web straps at the chest, the abdomen, the thigh, and the calf. The frame consists of 5/8″ (1.5875 cm) steel tubing. And the cross braces and runners are composed of 3/16″ x 3/4″ (0.47625 cm x 1.905 cm) flat steel.

What is Patient packaging?

Generally speaking, patient packaging is the process of securing a patient for transport. The technique is dependent on environment, available resources, type of rescue and number of rescuers as well as extraction plan.

What does litter mean in military?

Without a doubt one of the most useful tools for combat medics and military personnel involved in the first echelon of medical evacuation was the US Army Litter. A Litter is a Stretcher, carried by two or four bearers, for evacuation of sick and wounded.

What is a transport litter?

The litter is a class of wheelless vehicles, a type of human-powered transport, for the transport of people. Smaller litters may take the form of open chairs or beds carried by two or more carriers, some being enclosed for protection from the elements.

What is a Sked stretcher?

The Sked stretcher is a revolutionary design which provides outstanding patient protection and security. The Sked comes equipped for horizontal hoisting by helicopter or vertical hoisting in caves or industrial confined spaces. When the patient is packaged the stretcher becomes rigid.

What is an army litter?

How heavy is a Stokes basket?

The basket is 18 gauge, 1” hexagon mesh netting. Nylon web straps for securing at chest, abdomen, thigh and calf. Supplemental accessories to facilitate special handling needs are available. WEIGHT: 23 LBS.

What is a Stokes litter?

Stokes litters are also often used in confined spaces such as inside a cave network or by the U.S. Navy to transport patients through narrow ship corridors and doorways.

What is the minimum slope required for proper operation of Stokes litter?

A slope of at least 10 degrees is required for proper operation. A Stokes litter containing the patient is suspended from the top of the cable at the upper terminal, and an empty litter is suspended from the bottom of the cable at the lower terminal. The litter patient at the upper terminal is lowered by gravity to the lower terminal.

What are the safety precautions in the use of Stokes basket?

• Keep rope and stokes basket in line with ladder at all times. Avoid rotating the aerial device such that the suspended portion of the rope becomes “out-of-line” with the ladder. • Avoid attaching a patient attendant to a suspended stokes basket whenever possible. • Always select bombproof anchors over marginal approaches.

What makes our rescue litter different?

A complete re-thinking of the classic Stokes military-style litters, our Rescue Litter features a full one-inch diameter top rail to make the litter easier to handle when carried for extended periods. Durathene™ netting eliminates cuts and scrapes caused by broken wires. Back support is molded, high density polyethylene for greater durability.