Level Heading Stretcher

Skiing, trekking, rock climbing and all the similar thrills that the mountains provide also come with the high risk of accidents. The rescue operations of such victims demand specialized equipments that can tackle the unique challenges posed by a mountainous terrain. The Seesaw stretcher is a smart yet simple solution that seems to have the agility to adopt to such demanding conditions.

The bed of the Seesaw stretcher is fixed on two pivots that allows it to swivel. This swivel action helps it to balance the victim’s body in horizontal level even while traversing steep inclinations. Activate a locking mechanism and the stretcher turns into a regular fixed type. I feel that the stretcher can play a role in not just mountain rescue operations but also urban fire rescue scenarios that involves stairs and tall buildings.

Often, the most genial solutions come dressed as simple designs. The Seesaw stretcher is a classic example for that, tilting scales in favor of safer rescue operations.

Designers: Jeon Youngwon & Jeong Eunji

13 Comments

  • Interesting concept.

    Any thoughts on how it would adjust for center of mass while in pivot mode?

    Weight distribution in the human body is far from uniform and physics might argue with the top illustration.

    The traditional method of adding counterweight would seem impractical in this application.

  • bialistoc says:

    I second this assessment. While it appears to be a student project, a lot of work has been put into a stretcher that would guarantee that the patient is dumped onto the ground immediately.

  • Stephen Russell says:

    Must for all EMTs to have & for beaches, mtns, lakes, oceans too
    Airports
    Harbors
    Hotels
    Marinas can use this in the local FD unit alone
    & USFS, USGS, State Forestry
    Local PD EMT units

    Mass produce.

  • Peter says:

    So you claim a 25% accident rate reduction. However you need to center the patient perfectly or they will tip to one end.
    Where did you get this figure from?
    A slight movement once you have spent the time to balance them and the smash their head on the ground. Did you even try this in a model rather than just 3D modelling software to draw it?

  • nayro says:

    well some one obviously dont understands basik physiks …

    Thats way to common under design-students(if you ask me),dond´t they teach Physiks at the universities?!?

  • mtndude says:

    Ski Patroller/Mtn. Bike Patroller here. This would NEVER work. Also it’s a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. Pros do not drop boards. I’ve never even heard of it happening. I’m not sure where his statistics are pulled from. 73% accident rate using a backboard is absurd. Try 0%. Besides this vacuum splints are largely coming into favor with many outfits. Also this strap system is extremely inadequate.

  • mtndude says:

    Have you ever used a backboard? I’m assuming no.

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