Improvising a Stretcher?
Carrying an injured patient in an emergency requires skill and good judgment. Many a victim with a fractured spine or pelvis has been mare severely injured by well-meaning on-lookers, who have picked him up and jackknifed him into the backseat of a car. For proper handling, follow these instruction:
- Keep the victim lying flat on his back or side. If no stretcher is available, use a wide board, and ironing board, or a door, if one is handy.
- Lay the board alongside the victim and gently roll him onto it, preferably face up.
- Pass several loops of rope, sheeting, or other material around the board and tie firmly to keep him from failing off.
- Gently lift the board and carry the patient to where he can secure the help he needs.