[MSAR] So, you made a find. Now what!?
revmp777 at earthlink.net
Sun Feb 19 15:14:07 EST 2006
You have to remember also, that hypothermic patients are extremely prone to
cardiac arrest if handled too roughly. they must be transported gently.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Una Smith" <una.smith at att.net>
To: "Mounted search and rescue" <msar-riders at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2006 15:08
Subject: [MSAR] So, you made a find. Now what!?
> Sherry C. Hicks wrote:
> >We recently had a "rescue" where three rescuers went on foot to recover a
> >year old man who was lost in the mountains, within the Smokey Mountains
> >National Park. They found the man who was severely hypothermic. When they
> >found him night was coming and the temperature was dropping. He was
> >to walk. They did not have enough manpower or equipment to carry him out.
> >The victim had more protective equipment than they did. They were in an
> >of the park with no communication. In the end they were all hypothermic
> >had to be sent to the hospital when they got out of the woods.
> There are some key details missing here. Is that deliberate, a
> mental puzzle game where we are supposed to think up solutions?
> Severe hypothermia requires immediate attention, hence by the 3
> rescuers. Shelter, water, warmth, food, in that order. I would
> expect the 3 rescuers to stay there overnight with the subject,
> treating for hypothermia and shock. Or, if conditions are good
> for it, 2 walk out and one stays with the subject. If all stay
> overnight, then depending on the situation the next day, either
> 2 rescuers walk out to get extra help, or all 4 people walk out
> >What will you do when your victim has fallen, has internal injuries and
> >unable to ride?
> Does the second paragraph refer to the same mission? Horseback
> riding is not appropriate for someone with internal abdominal
> injuries. But if it is a clear choice between imminent death
> and not appropriate, I'd choose not appropriate. Wouldn't you?
> Una Smith
> New Mexico
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