Do not move the victim! (UPDATE)

Austin, TX – A woman is hospitalized after her vehicle plunges to the street from a 7th floor parking garage in Downtown Austin.
It happened around the intersection of East Sixth and Brazos Streets at 8:30 a.m. July 13th. Police say the car fell off the parking garage and landed in an alley, hitting another car down below
The driver is hospitalized but expected to be okay.

I understand the need to help, but in cases like this and unless there is an outgoing danger like fire or major loss blood that needs to be contained:

DO. NOT. MOVE. THE. VICTIM!

Stay there, comfort, but wait for the professionals that have the proper equipment to remove the person safely. You good intentions may cause a bigger harm.

UPDATE:  If the above is not enough, this is another type of encouragement  to wait for rescue:

No good deed goes unpunished, or so goes the saying.Such was the case with Lisa Torti, who is being sued for pulling a now-paralyzed friend from the wreckage of a Los Angeles car accident in 2004.The victim’s lawyers claim the Good Samaritan bumbled the rescue and caused injury by yanking her friend “like a rag doll” to safety.

Source: Woman Sued for Rescue Effort in Car Crash – ABC News

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4 Replies to “Do not move the victim! (UPDATE)”

  1. As a FF/Paramedic ACLS, BTLS, EMTPR. my advice is Do Not Move anyone that has had a traumatic injury or in an accident that could break bones as the post states unless there is some type of danger in leaving the person where they are. There is a great danger of spinal injury that may not have caused paralyses at the time of injury be will do so in moving the victim. Moving them can also cause additional injury to broken bone and the tissue around the fx. And no the gas tank does not blow up like in the movies after the front of the car is smashed.




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  2. I knew a guy back in the day who used a label maker to put a warning on his Motorcycle helmet that said “DO NOT REMOVE HELMET” for that exact reason.




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  3. Learned this back in boy scouts, reenforced in an intensive industrial first aid course at my first job. Don’t people get taught first aid anymore?




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    1. No, they don’t. I suggested that my work set up a first-aid training class for anyone interested and they refused … Just because. Probably worried about liability? Not sure.




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