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Leave No One Behind: How To Carry An Injured Person

Monday, July 20, 2015 4:35
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Carry injured personMurphy’s Law will be proven to you in your first bad emergency injury situation. Anything that can go wrong usually does in some way or another, sooner or later, in any emergency.

You are in a SHTF scenario or a bad bug out expedition and you are on foot but you absolutely must keep moving or you won’t make it, but your companion is suddenly down with a bad enough injury where they can’t move under their own power. Then, as they say, you are seriously stuck between the proverbial ‘rock, and a very hard place’. 

Depending on the particular surrounding situation you might not get away with just doing first aid, keeping the victim warm and comfortable, and leaving them in place while you wait or go for help. There might not BE any help anymore like there once was. And it’s up to you, alone, to make a critical decision.

There are several ways to extricate and carry an injured person from one location to another varying by circumstances and amount of others to help and available resources. Here we’ll deal with a couple of the most common and easiest to perform individual carry techniques in a stressful situation where you would have to move fast for safety concerns. Knowing these professional ‘tricks of the trade’ might make all the difference in the world. 

The Fireman’s Carry

Firefighters and First Responders are amazing heroes. The way they do things has endured the test of time and every conceivable adverse and complex scenario imaginable. There’s no need to second guess them. If a firefighter has to pick up an unconscious or disabled person to get them to safety by themselves, here’s how they usually do it:

  1. Lift the person to their feet and face them holding them behind the waist with your right arm if that is your strong dominant hand (reverse this if you are left handed).
  2. Then your free left hand should grasp the subject’s corresponding wrist and raise the person’s arm up over his head. 
  3. Squat down enough, or drop on your right knee which should be positioned somewhat between the subjects legs if possible and begin to pull the person over your shoulders.
  4. Slip your arm from around the subjects waist to between the thighs and shift the entire person to balance over the back of your neck and shoulders. Ideally, your right inside elbow will be capturing the back inside thigh of the victim’s right leg and holding and your left hand will be tightly gripping their right wrist downward in front.
  5. Slowly stand up keeping your back as straight as possible using your legs for lift power. Move off carefully at first to make sure you’re balanced.

This is mainly a short term emergency evacuation carry where dragging or rigging a litter/stretcher isn’t expedient, or the rescue initially includes traversing rough uneven terrain. However there have been instances where persons have been carried some distance by strong carriers using this method.

The Semi-Vertical Human Backpack Carry


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