View Full Version : Period Correct neck braces

Joel Mace
12-21-2013, 08:48 PM
lookin to equip a 1976 Superior 54" Cadillac , what type of neck braces would be appropriate?

Steve Lichtman
12-21-2013, 10:19 PM
Probably none. :eek:

At best, soft cervical collars.

Scott A. Anderson
12-21-2013, 10:29 PM
10 x 30 trauma dressings and Kerlix. (I think I butchered spelling of Kerlix.) You will need a short spine board with head blocks to go with this.

Wayne Krakowski
12-22-2013, 05:47 AM
As Steve said, foam pieces with stockinette over it, collars were just coming out,and standards were being upgraded,no head blocks here till years later, we used a sand bag on each side of the head.

John ED Renstrom
12-22-2013, 12:07 PM
sand bag and lots of tape if any thing. you might remember the videos post of Va ambulance services. the best place to see period correct equipment is those old videos but you can still buy these believe it or not

Joel Mace
12-22-2013, 03:11 PM
thank you all! I was thinking I'd seen a soft c-collar type vinyl wrapped maybe with some type of Velcro cinch strap

Scott Crittenden
12-22-2013, 08:55 PM
What's a backboard?

Wayne Krakowski
12-22-2013, 09:15 PM
Scott its a wooden thingamagiggy approx.6' long with slots on the side to hog-tie I mean to secure a pt with possible Cervical spine injuries which by todays standards seems to mean everyone who has had a trauma,nowadays they are made of strong plastic in a wide array of colors and configurations but on a windy icy day can those sons of gun ever scoot down the highway and try carrying one on a windy day upright to the scene.:D

Martin Harvey
12-22-2013, 10:32 PM
I remember seeing a 70's documentary using rolled towels to immobilize the head on a backboard but nothing for the neck.

John ED Renstrom
12-22-2013, 11:20 PM
the rolled towels- sand bags ext and a large amount of tape were all that was used. the back board was considered a all body splint. C spine was not considered as a separate stabilization. the man in the 57 was a fall off a ladder. inures taped up tossed on the gurney and away we go. we the figured out that back boarding may be a benefit then you might see a short board used. Johnny and Gage showed us how to do that.

Robert Davidson
12-23-2013, 10:15 PM
In Ottawa we had thick felt cut into the right shape and stuffed into a long piece of stockinette that you tied behind the patients neck.

Steve Tarbert
12-24-2013, 10:36 AM
Where I worked, we had rigid plastic collars that came in one size but had a "slider" to adjust the height. They also had softer rubber edges at the top and bottom for "comfort". They were not disposable and were reused for years !!! We did not have any commercially made collars for kids so had to make due with whatever we had that would work.

Mike Boyer
12-31-2013, 06:12 AM
here you go...This article came from 1978

Bill Anderson
01-04-2014, 01:53 AM
I worked for a company in the 80's that had collars made of 1/2" foam with velcro fasteners. I got in trouble for asking if we could use them to wash the truck.

Ron Devies
01-20-2014, 06:26 PM
We were using DePuy soft collars and Dyna Med plastic coated extrication collars,

Clark Hurlburt
07-27-2014, 09:47 AM
In New Haven in the 70s we all used soft collars. Unlike today we used to get them back, wash em and use them again.