Figure 13-24.Tied-hands crawl.
person alone. Place the patient on his or her back on a
blanket, and pull the blanket along the floor, deck, or
ground. Always pull the casualty head first, with the
head and shoulders slightly raised.
CHAIR CARRY.The chair carry can often be
used to move a sick or injured person away from a
position of danger. This is a particularly good method
to use when you must carry a person up or down stairs
or through narrow, winding passageways. It must
never be used to move a person who has an injured
neck, back, or pelvis.
ARM CARRIES.Several kinds of arm carries
can be used in emergency situations to move a casualty
to safety. Figure 13-25 shows how one person can
carry the casualty alone. Never try to carry a person
this way unless the casualty is considerably smaller
than you are because you can carry them only a short
distance using this method.
The two-person carry, shown in figure 13-26, can
be used in some cases to move a casualty. Do not use it
to carry a casualty who has serious wounds or broken
A two-person arm carry that can be used in
emergencies is shown in figure 13-27. Two people
kneel beside the casualty at the level of the hips, and
carefully raise the casualty to a sitting position. Each
person puts one arm under the casualtys thighs; hands
are clasped and arms are braced. Both people then rise
slowly and steadily to a standing position. This carry
must not be used to move seriously injured persons.
LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT
The law of armed conflict encompasses all
international law regulating the conduct of nations and
individuals engaged in armed conflict.
As world tension increases, so does the potential
for armed conflict. As members of a force dedicated to
prevent such a conflict, we as medical personnel must
face the reality of becoming involved. A basic
understanding of the principles and applications of the
law of armed conflict will help enhance our efforts in
providing the best medical care possible while
maintaining our moral and ethical obligation.
The terms combatant and noncombatant need to
be defined. A combatant is anyone participating in
Figure 13-26.Two-person carry.
Figure 13-25.Arm carry.