Another one of the products I got a chance to check out during the Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo last week is Med Sled. It’s an evacuation sled for patients. In particular, this is the Vertical Lift Rescue variant.
Right off the bat, I need to acknowledge the elephant in the room. If you know anything at all about tactical medical equipment, you’re going to take one look at this and say to yourself, “Skedco,” which has dominated the market for decades. The reality is that both use a large HDPE plastic sheet and lots of webbing. The difference, is how each one of those products uses those materials.
The Sled Sled relies on the plastic to bear weight, with the strap system connected to the sheet. Med Sled supports the patient via the webbing which weaves in and out of the plastic. The plastic works to protect the patient from abrasion from ground and webbing alike. When in the vertical lift mode, the patient is secured in the seat seen in the photo below which easily straps into place. The straps all terminate at a bridle at the head of the litter.
They are available in 28″ and 36″ versions. Additionally, they offer an instant float system which straps right onto the litter and actuated via CO2 cartridges.
This video is long, but it is the training video for the Med Sled VL.
The Med Sled 36 VL has NSN 6350-01-608-3195. Med Sled product are available for Unit and Agency purchase through ADS.