The Use of Extrication Devices in Crevasse Accidents
Injured patients in crevasses who are suspected of having sustained spinal injuries should ideally be extricated after being immobilized in a horizontal position on a stretcher and having a cervical collar applied. Sometimes, however, horizontal stabilization is not possible, because the crevasse is too narrow, and the patient needs to be stabilized in a vertical position. In such cases an extrication device can be a useful adjunct. The Kendrick Extrication DeviceTM stabilizes the position of the body and maintains firm support of the head, neck and torso. Therefore, the International Commission for Mountain Emergency Medicine - ICAR MEDCOM - supports the use of this device in narrow crevasses, if horizontal evacuation is not possible.
Emergency Medicine, Extrication device, Crevasse accidents, Mountain rescue, Spinal injuries, KED, Kendrick Extrication Device.
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