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How do I move an injured victim by myself?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
If you're alone and a victim absolutely has to be moved after an accident, follow these steps to perform the clothes-drag technique:
  • Lay victim on back and grab victim's clothing behind his/her neck. (Be careful not to cause an airway obstruction by pulling the clothing too tightly.)
  • Support victim's head, keeping the head as close to the floor as possible.
  • Drag the victim by his/her clothing, keeping the body aligned. Pull as a unit. Hold the head and neck as one, so no bending or twisting occurs.

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