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Footwell Entrapment

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.



[MUSIC] Okay rescuers, welcome to Training Minutes. My name is Dave Dalrymple. We're going to talk about a unique situation that we're seeing more and more of, due to new vehicle construction and vehicle types that are out there. Foot well entrapments. Where occupants of the vehicle get their feet trapped in the vehicle, close to 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. OK, our crew has done a B post tear. They've removed the side of the vehicle. However our patient is still trapped. Again, remember, new vehicle technology. A lot of our entrapments are going to be the lower extremities. So we're going to need to widen the foot well, or heighten the dash or a combination of both. At the same time. So here we're gonna go through a combination dash lift foot well opening. [NOISE]. [BLANK_AUDIO] 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. [NOISE] Okay. We have hard protection in place between our tool work and our patient because of the space that is around and the close proximity of our tools. [BLANK_AUDIO] We're gonna make a relief cut into the top of the A-post. Remember you have to make a six inch slice. [MUSIC] Out of the A post. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [NOISE] [NOISE] [MUSIC] As you can see between the tool action, between the relief 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 extricate and disentangle the patient from the vehicle. Okay rescuers, our crew's just gone through a foot well operation. Now the reason why we did this evolution today was to reinforce the fact that. You're going to see more foot well and lower extremity entrapment than 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 need, 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 Minute. I'd like to thank Homacho for sponsoring FireEngineering's Training Minute. Be safe out there.

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