ASTM F1556 - 94(2007)

    Standard Guide for Spinal Immobilization and Extrication (SPINE) Device Characteristics

    Active Standard ASTM F1556 | Developed by Subcommittee: F30.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Significance and Use

    The intent of this guide is to identify characteristics that a SPINED shall possess.

    As opposed to a full body spinal immobilization device, the SPINED incorporates additional features that assist in the extrication of a victim from a confined space.

    It is not expected that the SPINED will be used alone to provide the entire scope of required immobilization. Clinical situations may require differing combinations of devices for adequate total spinal immobilization. A SPINE device may be one of the devices.

    A device intended for use with adult patients shall accommodate the 95th percentile adult American male.

    Devices that are labeled as intended for pediatric use shall not be required to accommodate adult patients.

    The device shall be able to be used by the practitioner in an ergonomically sound manner.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers minimum standards for devices, designated here as spinal immobilization and extrication device(s) (SPINED), commonly referred to as short spine board. The SPINED is designed to be used as the platform for immobilization and extrication of a patient with potential spine or spinal cord injury by emergency medical service personnel.

    1.2 This guide does not identify specific degrees of limitation of motion achieved by placement of a SPINED on a patient. Definitive requirements for immobilization of the spine, and, in particular, the degree of limitation associated with the use of a SPINED, have not been established in the medical literature.

    This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1177 Terminology Relating to Emergency Medical Services

    Centers for Disease Control Standard

    GuidelinesforPrevent


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 11.160 (First aid)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1556-94R07

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