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In what situations is it appropriate to move an injured or ill person?

  • When you are faced with immediate danger, such as fire, lack of oxygen, risk of explosion or a collapsing structure.
  • When you have to get to another person who may have a more serious problem. You may have to move a person with minor injuries to reach someone needing immediate care.
  • When it is necessary to give proper care. For example, if someone needed CPR, he or she might have to be moved from a bed because CPR needs to be performed on a firm, flat surface.

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