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Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, First World War, British
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Work Type
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Date
1915-1918
Location
United Kingdom
Great Britain
Material
brass
canvas
iron
leather
wood
Measurements
overall: 100 mm x 1850 mm x 370 mm, 22 kg
Description
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, first World War, British, 1915-1918
Imagine you"re a stretcher-bearer on the Western Front in the First World War. You have been given this new stretcher " why is it better than the old one? Will it be easier to use?
Your job is to go out onto the field of battle and collect the wounded. It is terrifying, but you can plan the quickest and safest route, and it gets easier with experience. What"s worse is carrying the stretcher through the trenches to an aid post or dressing station. Ammunition, soldiers and the wounded are all being moved at the same time " who do you think gets priority? Ammunition and soldiers both come before the wounded.
The zig-zag pattern of the trenches makes your job even more difficult. The shape is designed to prevent attack from the sides, and the spread of shrapnel from exploding bombs. But every corner is an obstacle around which you have to manoeuvre the rigid wooden stretcher. Survival of the injured soldier depends on getting him to medical care as quickly as possible. It can take hours, sometimes days, to reach.
A flexible stretcher like this will be easier to use. Trench corners will be easier to navigate, and you and the other bearer will be able to move more freely " and quickly. So you might find you have extra work on your hands, with time to go back to the battlefield and collect more casualties.
Colt's stretcher for narrow trenches, first World War, British. Information with the stretcher notes: "Experimental model of jointed pole trench stretcher (The Lancet Jan.1916). Designed primarily for the immediate & safe evacuation of the wounded man in the Fowler position along narrow (less than 28in. wide) trenches, having right-angled traverses, by slightly deforming the pole of the stretcher. Unhasp & spread canvas in dry place. Lay patient on it with knee piece under knees. Bearers holding pole face each other, stoop down, hasp up canvas & lift. Third man fastens body & knee straps & steadies while front bearer turns round into yoke. Bearers break step to avoid swinging patient & move slowly. Rest is obtained by swinging patient onto a ledge, by crutched poles place on intervals or by assistance and rotation of bearers. The strain is not great. Add Gooch splinting for fractured femur or if Thomas's splint is used sling the foot end near the arm pit of the back bearer, in which position it does not inter
Information with the stretcher notes: "Experimental model of jointed pole trench stretcher (The Lancet Jan.1916). Designed primarily for the immediate & safe evacuation of the wounded man in the Fowler position along narrow (less than 28in. wide) trenches, having right-angled traverses, by slightly deforming the pole of the stretcher. Unhasp & spread canvas in dry place. Lay patient on it with knee piece under knees. Bearers holding pole face each other, stoop down, hasp up canvas & lift. Third man fastens body & knee straps & steadies while front bearer turns round into yoke. Bearers break step to avoid swinging patient & move slowly. Rest is obtained by swinging patient onto a ledge, by crutched poles place on intervals or by assistance and rotation of bearers. The strain is not great. Add Gooch splinting for fractured femur or if Thomas's splint is used sling the foot end near the arm pit of the back bearer, in which position it does not interfere with movement round corners. Keep central bolt tight & the warm gear & thrust bearing well oiled.
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Subject
stretcher
ID Number
co121581
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group
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