What is the Retaining Strap on the Front Piece of the collar?
A. The Retaining Strap is a convenience feature. It is used to loosely hold the Front Piece in place, freeing the rescuer's hands to apply the Back Piece.
Why is the collar made from Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)?
A. LDPE is more pliable and conforms better. This means you can get a better fit and better immobilization. Also, LDPE is less affected by extremes of heat and cold - an important consideration in the field.
We've been using a one-piece collar. Why should we switch to the two-piece NecLoc?
There are several good reasons, but the most important is the reason you use a collar in the first place: immobilization. Clinical Studies (see Ducker study) confirm that NecLoc provides much better immobilization than one-piece collars.
Why does NecLoc immobilize better than one-piece collars?
A. There are several good reasons. With NecLoc both the Front Piece and the Back Piece are sized to fit the patient. If you look at your one-piece collars, the section that goes around the back of the head is the same on all adult sizes. All occiputs are not the same size. Also, a one-piece collar only overlaps on one side. NecLoc's two-piece clamshell design permits overlap on both sides, providing superior lateral immobilization.
How can you tell if the patient has been fit with the correct size NecLoc?
A.The patient's chin should not extend over the edge of the chin piece, nor should it fall inside the chin piece. The sides of the Back Piece should overlap the sides of the Front Piece. The top edge of the Velcro should line up with the bottom of the patient's chin.