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  • Moving an Injured Casualty?

    What happens when you need to move a casualty / injured person away from danger? You must take great care not to cause further injury...

    • Avoid moving an injured casualty if possible. If there is immediate danger or the possibility of further injury (such as on-coming vehicles, explosion, fire, chemical leak, etc.) if not moved, then move the casualty as safely as possible.
    • Attend and control severe bleeding, maintain an open airway, and splint all fractures before moving the casualty.
    • Use the following steps to move the casualty safely:


    Pull a casualty to safety:

    • Kneeling behind the casualty’s head, tightly grab her/his shirt or coat collar so the casualty’s head is lying on your forearms.
      Image of responder preparing to move injured casualty
    • Keep the casualty’s head as close to the ground as possible.
    • Keep the casualty’s body in a straight line – do not allow it to bend or twist.


    Lift the casualty to safety:

    • If the casualty must be moved for safety reasons before you can check for injuries, lift him/her and keep her/his body in a straight line – support every part of the body and do not allow it to bend or twist.


    Carry a casualty to safety:

    • If the casualty must be moved, a stretcher or similar device is the best option for moving the casualty safely.
    • Use a wide, flat item such as a board, an ironing board, folded blankets, or a door as a stretcher and fasten the casualty onto it.
    • If the above items are not available or the person is too heavy or frail, a two-person carry method with a chair may be used.

    Content excerpted from the Urgent First Aid Guide used by permission Copyright 2013
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