Vehicle Rescue Scene Safety

SUBJECT: Vehicle Rescue Scene Safety TOPIC: Patient Protection Guidelines OBJECTIVE: Review practices and procedures for patient protection at vehicle rescue scenes. TASK: The rescue team shall review the department's standard...


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Use duct tape, commercially available protective pads, specially designed fire-resistive blankets or any of the many homemade means of covering these hazards. Your patient doesn't care what you use as long as it works to keep them safe.

In summary, here are three patient protection principles to be thinking about. First, "Do No Harm". Second, "If You Make It, You Cover It." Finally, "Cover Your Sharps." These guidelines should be an obvious part of your vehicle rescue protocols, your training program and your on-scene actions. You figure out how to make them fit into your guidelines. A reasonable and prudent person would.

TASK: The rescue team shall review the department's standard operating procedures for vehicle rescue incidents and shall incorporate the concept of "Cover Your Sharps, Do No Harm" into the operational guidelines.