View Poll Results: How do you protect patients being extricated?

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  • Fire retardant blanket

    14 27.45%
  • Plastic tarp

    10 19.61%
  • Simple sheet or blanket

    25 49.02%
  • Other-provide comments please

    6 11.76%
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    Exclamation Protecting Patients

    How do you protect patients being extricated?
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    Along with the sheet or blanket we try to have someone in TOG as an extra set of eyes and ears either in the vehicle or positioned so they can see inside.

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    Sometimes we will use the long ignored short-board if we are concerned about more than just broken glass.

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    Default Patient Protection

    We try to put a cross trained rescue and medical person in the vehicle when possible, to aid in patient protection and to tell the outside rescuers of any hazards or complications to the rescue. We usually use a tarp to cover both the patient and the “inside rescuer.”

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    Disposable yellow blanket is the basic level of protection.

    A fire blanket is available if deemed extra hazardous, but not normally used.

    The jaws truck also has a couple of plastic shields for use during windshield removal and close-proximity cutting.
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    Thick heavy-duty movers blankets.
    They are great for cold stokes packing as well.

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    Lexan shields offer an added level of protection. You should carry 3 levels, soft, medium and hard protection.

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    Default Along those lines..

    Along the lines of the occupant protection, do any of you ever ventilate into the car during extrication, or does the potential debris factor in? How about you folks in the traditionally warmer areas? I know there have been lots of times in the summer when I would have paid lots of money for a bit of cool breeze while under the tarp with a patient. Also curious about the shields. Are they manufactured or home made?
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    As soon as the med is with the pt and the cutting or prying starts then the two are covered with a tarp and we use hard protection between the area of cutting or prying and the pt/med. If the room is not possible initially then it is put into place immediately when the space becomes available.

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    Default Making Hard protection

    Hard protection can be made out of almost anything. I've seen made out of lexan plastic, ones made out of wood, old street signs, etc...Anything that makes a good safe barrier between the tools and the patient. Just cut a handle in them. We use old metal traffic Stop/Slow paddles.

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    Hard white plastic cutting boards of with handles cut in them. At one TERC competition I went to I saw them using a piece of light weight lexan atached to a handle so that a rescuer can hold it infront of a patient from outside the vehicle on the opposite site of the vehicle. Im working on building one.

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    Default Pyro Blankets

    At the National Extrication Competiton in Las vegas last year, I was introduced to a protection blanket from a company called Pyro-Blanket.
    The blanket is very lightwieght, breathable, fire resistant, and great soft protection.
    Our interior medic/rescuer was very impressed with it, so our department purchased one for each rescue unit.

    As for hard protection, we made hard protection out of plexiglass, put a handle in the middle and we use that on everyday MVA's.
    We choose the plexiglass because it was clear and it gives the rescuer's the ability to see the patient and postion of limbs and so on while cutting in close proxcimity.
    Last edited by Chief7151; 10-12-2006 at 01:28 AM.

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