Extrication of the Seriously Injured Road Crash Victim

This article describes a team method of extrication of the seriously injured road crash victim. The author outlines the four stages of the rescue: establishment of scene safety and contact with the casualty to ensure airway control and protection of the cervical spine; stabilization of the vehicle and glass management; gaining of entry to the vehicle and continuing stabilization of the casualty; and space creation to provide casualty extrication. The author focuses on the role of the emergency services, in particular that of the fire officer in charge, when attending the scene of a road traffic accident. The author describes the methods and equipment used to extricate a casualty from a motor vehicle. Specific methods and problems covered include long board out to the rear, rear quarter oblique extrication, footwell entrapment, access to rear seat passengers, and the overturned car. The author concludes by calling for cooperation and consultation between extrication experts and pre-hospital care practitioners. Doctors and paramedics involved in road traffic crashes need to be familiar with extrication technique just as firefighters need a greater understanding of the physiological effects their procedures can have on crash victims.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 817-821
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01013487
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2005 7:01AM