Carry By Extremities Two Person Carries for Emergency Rescue and First Aid

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The two-person carry by extremities, also fore-and-aft carry in first aid is a technique used to transport an injured or incapacitated person over a short distance when one person alone cannot manage the task. This method helps distribute the weight more evenly and reduces the risk of injury to both the person being carried and the rescuers.

To perform a two-person carry by extremities, follow these steps:

  1. Assess the situation and ensure your own safety. Check for any potential hazards or obstacles in the path you’ll be taking.
  2. Gather any necessary equipment, such as a backboard or a stretcher, if available.
  3. Position yourself behind the person who needs help. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  4. One rescuer should place their arms around the person’s chest, supporting their back, while the other rescuer places their arms under the person’s knees.
  5. Lift the person gently, keeping their weight evenly distributed between the rescuers’ arms and legs.
  6. Walk slowly, maintaining a steady pace to avoid causing discomfort or further injury to the person.
  7. Communicate with the person and provide reassurance throughout the process.
  8. Lower the person carefully to the ground or onto a bed or other suitable surface when you reach your destination.

Always prioritize safety and seek assistance from others if needed. Carry by extremities is typically used for short distances, and it may be necessary to call emergency services for further assistance if the person requires transportation over longer distances.

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