Survival Medicine Hour: Patient Transport, Vitals, Tree Mold, More


How do you transport an injured person when the ambulance is heading in the other direction? Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP, explore some of your options when a victim has to be transported and you have to improvise a stretcher (some illustrations to follow with are below). Also, Christmas trees cause increasing mold counts in homes that are leading to some severe allergies, plus a Christmas Eve asteroid fly-by, and some discussion on vital signs in austere settings. All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour. Listen in by clicking below:

There are many ways to transport someone in austere settings. Below you’ll see some we discuss in this episode:



the Jacket Stretcher



The Blanket Pull

blanket stretcher

The Blanket Stretcher

chair stretcher 1

The Chair Stretcher

rope stretcher

Stretcher improvised out of rope


Pack Strap Carry


Fireman’s Carry

fore and aft carry

fore and aft carry

four handed seat carry transport

Making a four-handed “seat”

2 man crutch carry transport

2 man crutch carry


Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,


Joe and Amy Alton


Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

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