UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM WITH SUSPECTED SPINAL INJURY

Step 1

 

When the victim is unconscious, still breathing, and the cause of accident could be fall from the height or hard hit, we can suspect there might be spinal injury.
In this case we need 2-3 people to handle.

The leader will kneel in front of the victim’s head, then holds the victim’s neck muscles with both hands, lowers the shoulders and arms, firmly hold the victim’s neck, ears and head.

Step 2

 

Other people will kneel on the side which the victim will roll toward.

Put the victim’s near arm at the 90 degree angle to their boby.

Step 3

 

The other arm of the victim will be pull close to their body. The first-aiders’ hands firmly hold the victim’s torso, including the victim’s arms, shoulders, hips, thighs, and legs. The first-aiders’ arms should be overlapped.

Step 4

 

The leader ensures the helpers are in the correct position and counts “1, 2, 3” to give the command. When everyone is ready, the leader counts “1, 2, 3” to synchronously roll the victim’s head, shoulders and body so that the victim’s head, neck, spine, and whole body roll in a straight line at the same time to avoid any impact on the spinal cord that could lead to paralysis of the victim.

Notice

 

Observe to check for other injuries and handle according to the following order of priority:

 

Bleeding

Burns

 

Fractures

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