HEAD SPLINT—FACE-DOWN VICTIM AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE

HEAD SPLINT—FACE-DOWN VICTIM AT OR NEAR THE SURFACE
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SKILL SHEET
HEAD SPLINT— FACE-DOWN VICTIM AT OR
NEAR THE SURFACE
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Approach the victim from the side.
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In deep water, use the rescue tube under both of your arms for support.
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Grasp the victim’s arms midway between the shoulder and elbow. Grasp the victim’s right arm
with your right hand and the victim’s left arm with your left hand. Gently move the victim’s arms
up alongside the head.
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Squeeze the victim’s arms against his or
her head to help hold the head in line with
the body.
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Glide the victim slowly forward.
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In shallow water, lower your body to
shoulder depth before gliding the
victim forward.
Continue moving slowly and turn the
victim until he or she is face-up. To
do this, push the victim’s arm that is
closest to you under the water while
pulling the victim’s other arm across the
surface toward you.
Position the victim’s head in the crook of
your arm, with the head in line with the body.
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SKILL SHEET
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Check for consciousness and breathing.
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If the victim is not breathing, immediately remove the victim from the water using a technique,
such as the two-person-removal-from-the-water, and provide resuscitative care. Do not delay
removal from the water by strapping the victim in or using the head immobilizer device.
If the victim is breathing, hold the victim with the head in line with the body and move
toward safety until the backboard arrives. In deep water, move the victim to shallow water,
if possible.
Continuously monitor for consciousness and breathing. If at any time the victim stops breathing,
immediately remove the victim from the water then provide appropriate care.
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