Board Armor® FAQ's & Sales Points

1. Does the Board Armor® backboard cover fit any style of backboard?

A. Board Armor® has been field-tested and has proved to be effective with most styles of standard sized industry backboards. If an agency has a need for Board Armor® backboard cover for an over sized backboard (i.e. 18" wide backboard), contact your local Board Armor® representative for a special order. The Board Armor® backboard cover is not compliant with backboards with built in CID units such as Tomcat®

2. How effective is the Board Armor® backboard cover in regards to infection control?

A. The Board Armor® backboard cover has been extensively field-tested by an independent engineering firm and it has been determined that Board Armor® is extremely effective in reducing cross contamination. Board Armor® utilizes a medical grade of Tyvek® called Tychem® QC which is ASTM certified for protection against blood and viral penetration.

3. Will the Board Armor® backboard cover tear when sliding a patient into position on the backboard?

A. The Board Armor® backboard cover is made utilizing Dupont™'s Tyvek® Tychem® QC, which is the same material used for haz-mat suits. This material is very robust and has been extensively field-tested in all operational backboard scenarios without any failures noted. This includes patients being log rolled, being slid up from a sitting position, being extricated from vehicles, and slid into place from various positions. An optional extra adhesive strip was placed at the foot side end of the Board Armor® backboard cover to offer extra stability of the cover in all situations. Also, the Tyvek® material's grain runs parallel to the length of the backboard and works in conjunction with the way patients are slid into place.

4. How is the Board Armor® CID superior to industry competitors?

A. The Board Armor® CID was developed by field paramedics to offer optimum patient care while being first responder friendly. The Board Armor® CID offers 4" wide head blocks and greater surface contact with the CID base, thus providing a reliable fit/secure cervical spine. In addition, the head and chin straps are attached directly to the head blocks. This helps to eliminate any extra lifting of the backboarded patient due to taping, thus reducing the amount of possible back injuries.

5. Why do I need the Board Armor® backboard cover if we clean our own backboards with disinfectant solutions?

A. In a recent study performed with the University of Miami, 55 backboards that were already cleaned and "in service"(ready to be used on patients) were tested for contaminants. These backboards came from various agencies with various cleaning methods including hospital backboard scrubbers. All 55 backboards tested were found to have potentially fatal bacteria on them! Current cleaning methods are not enough as the storage compartments on the trucks are equally contaminated. A completely decontaminated backboard can be quickly re-contaminated once placed back on the truck into a contaminated compartment. Also, backboards are found stored on fire engines, tower trucks and heavy rescues where they are exposed to fire equipment as well as placed in open storage areas near hose beds where backboards are exposed to diesel fumes and road grime. Residual adhesive build up is also found on backboards, which is a haven for bacterial growth. Board Armor® offers a high level of protection for the patient from various residual contaminants. If you think about it, nobody would want to be placed on a stretcher or a doctor's table without some kind of barrier device. So why would we as healthcare providers want to place an injured person (maybe with open wounds) directly on a backboard that studies show are greatly contaminated with fatal bacteria? Would you like to see yourself or loved one on this type of surface with open wounds? It just makes sense.

6. Studies have also found that some hand rails in healthcare facilities or other surfaces in ambulance are contaminated as well. So why should I be concerned with a backboard since patients can be exposed in various places?

A. Although residual contaminants are found in multiple places where incidental contact can be made, a backboard is much different. Patients, often with open wounds, are placed on backboards for greater periods of time than contact with handrails. With the residual contaminants found on backboards, this would be the worst-case scenario for a patient being exposed to cross contamination and receiving a secondary infection.

7. Does the Board Armor® backboard cover interfere with rescuers grabbing the handles of the backboard while carrying the patient?

A. The Board Armor® will not interfere with any backboard handles. After the patient has been completely secured to the backboard, the top and bottom can be simply be rolled up allowing access to the handles.

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8. To expedite patient care, the EMT/Paramedic prefers to pre-load the backboard straps to the backboard while stored on the truck. Will this interfere with the deployment of the Board Armor® backboard cover?

A. Board Armor® works without problem if straps are pre-loaded. If the straps are buckled across the topside of the backboard while being stored, simply unbuckle the straps prior to wrapping the backboard with Board Armor®.

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9. What does the EMT/Paramedic do when there is inclement weather and the CID base won't adhere to the backboard?

A. The adhesive used for the CID base is very aggressive and extensive field-testing displayed that Board Armor® was effective even in use with inclement weather and fluid on the backboard. It is recommended that the Board Armor® backboard cover be deployed in a dry area such as in the back of an ambulance prior to being placed in the inclement condition. However, if a situation is encountered where the above is not possible and the CID base won't adhere to the backboard, it is recommended that the EMT/Paramedic utilize medical tape and wrap the patient's head and chin completely around the backboard to secure the cervical spine. (This is no different than any other disposable CID in the market).

10. What if I encounter a tall patient?

A. The patient's head placement should be the same on a backboard regardless of the patient's height. The Board Armor® CID base should be placed on the backboard as high as possible that allows maximum adhesion to the board. The EMT/Paramedic deems appropriate on the backboard. For taller patients, it is recommended that the Board Armor® be wrapped over the head portion of the backboard, place the CID in an optimal position, pull adhesive release tab and affix CID to backboard, then stretch the remaining cover over the foot end. There is plenty of cover to maximize the full length of the backboard for taller patients.

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11. What about being able to test for CSF?

A. CSF can be noted prior to head blocks being placed on the cover. The notation of CSF from the ear canal(s) doesn't change the treatment modality. The patient's C-Spine still needs to be immobilized regardless of CSF or not. The Board Armor® CID head blocks are designed bigger than most other disposable CID's to provide better stabilization of the C-Spine.

12. If the Board Armor® is wet, does it cause the patient to slip excessively since the cover is made up of a Tyvek® type material?

A. Through extensive field-testing, it has been determined that the patient will not slip any more or any less than if the patient was placed directly on an uncovered wet backboard that has not been protected with the Board Armor®. The topside (patient side) of the Board Armor® backboard cover is slightly textured providing the same level of friction as found on a regular backboard.

13. What is the best way to apply the head blocks to the backboarded patient to provide the optimum C-Spine stabilization?

A. It is recommended that the patient's head be centered on the CID base and the individual head blocks should be firmly pressed against the patient's head prior to affixing to the base. This provides maximum stabilization of the cervical spine.

14. Why is it important to have an MCI trailer stocked with the Board Armor® backboard covers?

A. Often MCI trailers don't have enough backboards stockpiled to handle a true large scale MCI of any substantial amount. During an MCI's, the Board Armor® assists with quicker turn around time at the hospital and getting backboards back in service faster. The Board Armor® provides superior protection even when decontamination of a backboard is not possible. The Board Armor® with CID is offered in a single package with disposable straps to help mitigate many MCI's equipment needs. Board Armor® is recognized by FEMA's SEL (Standardized Equipment List) and may be purchased using federal disaster planning grant funding. Check with www.rkb.us, under medical supplies or simply search for "Board Armor® Backboard Cover".

15. Where is the value in using the Board Armor® backboard cover?

A. The value can be seen in multiple areas:

  • Time savings in regards to quicker turn around time at the hospital (more ambulance runs and better community protection)
  • Time savings in regards to labor and cleaning of the backboards
  • Less cleaning supplies
  • Reduced injuries to rescuers (less lifting of the backboard when immobilizing the head)
  • Reduced exposure to rescuers
  • Reduced exposure to patients/ litigation from cross contamination
  • Department Image - Looks better for the EMS Agency using a clean cover on every backboard
  • Better patient quality care Provides the ultimate patient care.

In addition, the cost of the Board Armor® can be partially offset since it includes a disposable CID. Board Armor® is recognized by FEMA's SEL (Standardized Equipment List) and may be purchased using federal disaster planning grant funding for your agency's MCI needs. Check with www.rkb.us, under medical supplies or simply search for "Board Armor® Backboard Cover".

16. Can I pre-load the Board Armor® backboard cover on the backboard and store it on the truck to save time on scene?

A. It is highly recommended that the Board Armor® backboard cover be deployed on scene so that maximum patient protection can be achieved. Knowing that many contaminants reside in the storage compartments of rescue vehicles, pre-loading the Board Armor® can compromise the level of protection that is intended for the Board Armor® backboard cover. The Board Armor® backboard cover was developed in a way that is quickly deployable on scene.

17. Does the Board Armor® backboard cover work with non-disposable "spider" style backboard straps?

A. Yes. The Board Armor® backboard cover will work with all non-disposable straps and "spider" style straps. When the straps are placed through the handles, simply lift the cover on the sides and attach straps accordingly. You will note that the edges of the backboard will be slightly exposed. Even though there is some exposed areas of the backboard around the handles, the Board Armor® will form an raised edge or "bowl" effect that will help to keep bodily fluids contained to the cover, thus reducing contamination to the ambulance floor. Even with this minimal exposure, the Board Armor® provides a higher level of protection to the patient and backboard than not having a cover at all.

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18. Does the Board Armor® backboard cover work with disposable and quick clip backboard straps?

A. Yes. The Board Armor® backboard cover will work with all disposable straps and quick clip straps. When the straps are placed through the handles or pins, simply lift the cover on the sides and attach straps accordingly. You will note that the edges of the backboard will be slightly exposed. Even though there is some exposed areas of the backboard around the handles, the Board Armor® will form an raised edge or "bowl" effect that will help to keep bodily fluids contained to the cover, thus reducing contamination to the ambulance floor. Even with this minimal exposure, the Board Armor® provides a higher level of protection to the patient and backboard than not having a cover at all.

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19. Can the Board Armor® Backboard Cover be used as a patient transfer sheet by itself?

A. No, the Board Armor® Backboard Cover is not rated or certified to hold weight by itself.