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

    December 20, 2015 | Joseph Alton MD
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    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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