We have recently started moving our manikins on and off beds and various shelves using a typical spinal board. Nothing new here. We often wrap them up in a sheet which works really well to keep everything contained and keeps the dust off for longer term storage. For quicker moves – particularly for BLS practice on the floor where you don’t want a sheet (like you would on a bed), the manikins become a bit more awkward with their arms falling down.
The solution to this was a simple strap with loops in the ends like a set of handcuffs. This is easy to store and use and prevents the arms from falling down while rolling on/off a backboard whether it’s onto the floor or a bed or shelf.
Once on the backboard, ANY trolley/cart will serve to help move them around. Much more maneuverable than a bed or even an ambulance barouche.
The strap is about 600mm long with about 150mm ‘long’ (300-400mm circumference) loops in each end. About 1 meter of simple webbing = $1.
There has been a new requirement to label heavier manikins with warning signs indicating two-person handling was required. We have added these signs to the handcuffs.