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  Flossmoor firefighter/paramedic Tom Slayton  demonstrates the Stryker lift unit. That greenish  light shows where the arm on the device is located.  (Photo by Tom Houlihan/H-F Chronicle)

 

Emergency response can be backbreaking work.

Until recently, there was only one way to move a patient, on a cot, into an ambulance — the two-man lift. For generations of firefighters and paramedics, back problems were often the cost of regularly hoisting adult patients into emergency vehicles.

“The incidence of back injuries was . . .

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