Rapid Extrication Technique?
- 1st EMT provides in-line manual support of the head and cervical spine.
- 2nd EMT gives commands, applies a cervical collar, and performs initial assessment.
- 2nd EMT supports the torso. 3rd EMT frees the patient’s legs from the pedals and moves the legs together, without moving the pelvis or spine.
- 2nd & 3d EMTs rotate the patient as a unit in several short, coordinated moves. 1st EMT (relieved by 4th EMT or bystander as needed) supports the head and neck during rotation (and later steps).
- 1st (or 4th) EMT places the backboard on the seat against the patient’s buttocks.
- 3rd EMT moves to an effective position for sliding the patient. 2nd & 3rd EMTs slide the patient along the backboard in coordinated, 8” to 12” moves until the hips rest on the backboard.
- 3rd EMT exits the vehicle, moves to the backboard opposite 2nd EMT & they continue to slide the patient until patient is fully on the board.
- 1st (or 4th) EMT continues to stabilize the head and neck while 2nd & 3rd EMTs carry the patient away from the vehicle.