How do I use the pack-strap carry for moving an injured or ill person?

  1. Using it with an unconscious person requires a second responder to help position the injured or ill person on your back. 
  2. To perform the pack-strap carry, have the person stand or have a second responder support the person. 
  3. Position yourself with your back to the person, back straight, knees bent, so that your shoulders fit into the person’s armpits. 
  4. Cross the person’s arms in front of you and grasp the person’s wrists. Lean forward slightly and pull the person up and onto your back. Stand up and walk to safety. 
  5. Depending on the size of the person, you may be able to hold both of his or her wrists with one hand, leaving your other hand free to help maintain balance, open doors and remove obstructions.
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