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Footwell Entrapment

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Tue, 7 Dec 2010|

In this vehicle extrication training video, Dave Dalrymple and his crew tackle the problem of patients getting their feet entrapped in the footwell of vehicles.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Okay rescuers, welcome to training minutes. My name is Dave Dalrymple. We're gonna talk about unique situation that we're seeing more and more of due to new vehicle construction and vehicle types that are out there. Footwell entrapments. Where occupants of the vehicle get their feet trapped in the vehicle close the pedals and close to the foot well area where the firewall meets the floor. So let's watch the crew take a foot well apart and make space appropriately with power hydraulic rescue tools. Okay our crew has done a, a B-post here they've removed the side of the vehicle. However our patient's still trapped. Again remember new, new vehicle technology a lot of our entrapments are gonna be lower extremities. So we're gonna need to widen the footwell or lift the dash or a combination of both. at the same time. So here, we're gonna go through a combination dash lift footwell opening. [SOUND]. [SOUND] [NOISE] Now what, one of the rescuers has done is exposed and pulled the fender away to expose the crumple zone. We're gonna make a, we're gonna make a deep cut into that area so we can. Hinge that area. Okay. When hard protection and placed between our tool work and our patient because of the space that's around and the close proximity of our tools. [SOUND] We're gonna make the relief cut into the top of the A post. We're gonna make a six inch bite. >> Out of the A post. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] As you can see between the tool action between the release cuts. And lifting with the spreader, we've opened up the foot well far enough now where we can bring in a long board and extradite and disentangle the patient from the vehicle. Okay rescuers, our crew is just gone through a foot well evolution. Now the reason why we did this evolution today was to reinforce the fact that. You're going to see more footwell and lower extremity entrapment then ever before due to the fact of new vehicle construction and the way the vehicles are manufactured today. Now, any time working in close proximity to the patient, we, we need to use appropriate caution, hence the enhanced protection that we've used. And that the crew has utilized as they've worked through this step by step. I'd like to thank you for watching training minutes. I'd like to thank Horwatro for sponsoring Fire Engineering's Training Minutes. Be safe out there.

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