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In every hospital doing emergency work the problem of moving unconscious patients through dark, narrow halls and down flights of uncertain stairs confronts the surgeon almost daily, and to facilitate the handling of such cases I have had made a simple belt or sling.
This is made of heavy canvas, 30 inches long and 10 inches wide. Each extremity is sewed securely about an iron rod three-eighths of an inch in diameter. The iron pieces have their ends bent squarely in a rectangular form, leaving sufficient space to fasten leather straps 11 inches long, each pair of which join at a metal ring about 2 inches in diameter. The sling is completed by a strap riveted in one ring, a buckle in the center, and connected with the other ring by a snaffle.
The illustration shows the manner of using it. By rolling a patient first to one side, then to the
WHITE CS. APPARATUS FOR HANDLING COMATOSE PATIENTS.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(25):1871. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500250003