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MOVING THE WOUNDED

METHODS FOR PATIENT TRANSPORT IN SURVIVAL SETTINGS

During normal times, your main goal upon encountering an injured or ill person is to get them to a modern medical facility as soon as possible. These medical assets and facilities will, unfortunately, be nonexistent in many survival scenarios.

Standard first-aid protocol dictates that you should leave a victim in the position in which they are found until emergency personnel arrive. When help is not on the way, however, this might eventually become impractical or impossible.

As a result, you will have to make a decision about whether your patient can or cannot be treated for their medical problem at their present location. If they cannot, you must consider how to move your patient to where the bulk of your medical supplies is.

Before deciding whether to transport, stabilize the patient as much as possible. This means assuring open airways, stopping all bleeding, splinting orthopedic injuries and more. If you are unable to do this, consider having a group member get the supplies needed to make transport safer. Have as many helpers available to assist you before you move the patient. If you know the amount of assistance you’ll have, you can choose a method of evacuation that will cause the least trauma to both patient and medic.

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