Windshield Removal is Still 'Best Practice'
Question from a Captain who wants to make sure that nothing major has changed in windshield or side window removal procedures. His question...
"I have taken your class in San Diego before. I need some info on the recommended way to remove windows in cars. Are we teaching the 3M adhesive technique before breaking the windows.
Also are we still suppose to be using the Glass Master for windshields which produces alot of glass fibers, or should we just chop with the axe. I am a truck captain and trying to update my dept with auto extraction. Any info would be appreciated."
Best Practice seems to be total removal of the windshield without any materials applied to the glass first.
Cover patient and inside medic.
Get removal tool: Axe, Glas-Master, Recip saw with wood cutting blade, or even the new Evolution saw (7&1/4 inch circular saw specially designed for extrication)
Announce "Breaking Glass"
Have rescuer either don N95-type face mask or just keep his mouth shut while working
Remove windshield by cutting along edges and removing from vehicle
Place in debris pile or better yet, underneath the vehicle where it is out of the way.
Cover your 'sharps' where there is any remaining jagged glass.
For Tempered Glass, I believe that covering the patient and the inside medic and simply breaking the tempered glass with a spring punch is the best practice there.
I do not personally take time to apply adhesive paper or sprays to the glass. My glass breaking tool of choice is a new thing called a 'spring punch; NOT the same as a spring-loaded center punch. simpler and much, much more reliable. Costs about $6 - $8.
Clean out the nuggets from the window opening and again, go to the next task.
Battery Pack Circular Saw
The fastest way I have found to cut a windshield is with a battery pack circular saw.
4 1/2" blade - 5 seconds your done. No glass fragments just dust. Patient and care giver are covered. N95 mask for the person cutting.