The Challenge:

Emergency room doctor Robert Heck, MD, inventor of the EZ LIFT Rescue System, watched his EMS comrades sustain back injuries time after time. After observing these injuries for over two decades, Dr. Heck identified the source of the problem: Traditional backboards require FIRE/EMS Rescuers to lift from the ground to get a patient onto the gurney at the accident scene. This lift position places them at risk for injury from muscle strain caused by poor body position for lifting, poor lift mechanics, and maximum torque on the lower back. Yet there’s no question that  traditional backboards serve their purpose — they’re lightweight, durable, easily stored,easy to  decontaminate and  transport. At the accident scene they provide a convenient way to stabilize, immobilize, lift, and transport patients without exposing them to further injury. At the hospital they are compatible with imaging equipment and provide an easy way to move the patient from the transport gurney to the emergency room gurney.  Dr. Heck’s challenge was to reinvent the backboard, keeping all of the time-tested benefits of the traditional backboard while solving the lift problem.

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  • ONE in FOUR EMS/Fire Rescuers will have their careers ended within the first four years of service due to a back injury.
  • Lifting represents at least 25% of back injuries for emergency rescue personnel
  • The average back injury claim costs upwards of $25,000
  • Serious cases often soar about $85,000 in costs