The All Door Side-Out Technique Revisited

BY DAVID SWEET Since my first article in Fire Engineering in November 1999, I have seen the use of my Side-Out Technique spread to many parts of the world. However, the technique has been altered over the years and is being presented incorrectly in some venues. The Side-Out Technique's main design purpose is speed and efficiency in gaining access to a patient involved in a side-impact collision of a four-door vehicle. Many magazine articles, training DVDs from experts in the field, and tool manufacturers have altered my original design and added or deleted some main steps that make the technique less effective. This is serious; lives depend on this technique's working properly the first t...

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