Transporting the injured
When you move a casualty, his or her safety and well being should be your first consideration. Never move a casualty who you think may be seriously injured unless there is an immediate threat to the casualty’s life? Wait for professional help to arrive. If you have to move a casualty, support the joints above and below any suspected breaks or other serious injury before you begin.
How to Lift a Casualty
If you observe the Following guidelines carefully, you will find yourself able to lift fairly heavy objects without undue strain. Remember, however, never try to move a person by yourself if there are people available to help and do not practice lifting anything or anyone heavier than yourself.
- Stand with your feet slightly apart to maintain a stable, balanced posture.
- Straighten your hack and bend the knees.
- Use your thigh, hip and shoulder muscles to take as much of the weight as possible.
- Keep the weight of the casualty’s body as close to your body as possible.
Dragging casualty to safety
If danger makes it necessary to move a person, the drag method is a quick way to transport an unconscious casualty to safety or to move a conscious casualty who is unable to walk, however, avoid this method if you suspect an injury to the head or neck.
Approach the casualty from behind and fold one of her arms across her chest (use an uninjured arm). Slide your arms beneath her armpits and then grasp both her arms. If possible, get a bystander to steady the casualty’s head and keep it in line with her body while you drag her.
- Place your hands over the casualty’s arms
- Bend the knees when lifting the casualty.
- Make sure you grip both the casualty’s arms firmly