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The features of a stretcher are similar no matter the brand or style. They will all typically have some type of restraint device, such as a lock and belt to ensure the patient does not fall off of it. There are many different variations when it comes to stretchers. There are some that will fold, and others that are able to change height and detach from their wheeled base. Some even have battery-powered hydraulics so they can raise or lower. Some, such as those used in many search and rescue operations and litters in the military will not have wheels. They will need to be carried, or in some cases, attached to helicopters for airlifting.
How stretchers work
The stretcher works very simply. It has an area where the injured party lays, along with a strap to keep them in place. The stretcher is an easier mode of transport to take the person to the ambulance or to other medical care, for example. Often, the stretchers will have wheels attached to them that make maneuvering easy. Other times, they do not have wheels and rely on people carrying the stretcher. There will typically be one person on each end of the stretcher.
A stretcher is a type of an apparatus used to move patients from one location to another. They are common in hospitals, in the military, and in EMS and rescue situations. Some of the other names for stretchers include gurneys, litters, and trolleys. They have gone by other names as well, and they have been a part of the medical field for countless years. They are in use all around the world, and they are one of the medical devices and tools that will be around for a long time to come.