Watch this interesting video demonstrating the use of a vacuum mattress by our friends at REGA (www.rega.ch)
The MDI Vacuum Mattress
We've been using the vacuum mattress for the past 15 years. In our opinion, it's doing a much better job than the traditional backboard which is so popular in the United States. Lying down on a back board - especially for extended period of times is painful. The vacuum mattress is by far more comfortable for the patient, it's ability to perfectly immobilize the patient's body translates to considerably less pain for victims suffering from fractures.
The device also lowers the risk of complications associated with movement in the presence of spine and long bones fractures ( vascular and neurological ).
The MSC paramedics are instructed to always immobilize trauma patients with a vacuum mattress.