How do I use the walking assist to move an injured or ill person?

  1. To perform a walking assist, place the injured or ill person’s arm across your shoulders and hold it in place with one hand. 
  2. Support the person with your other hand around the person’s waist. In this way, your body acts as a crutch, supporting the person’s weight while you both walk. 
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  3. A second responder, if present, can support the person in the same way on the other side. Do not use this assist if you suspect that the person has a head, neck or spinal injury.
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