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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 gonna 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 entrapment. 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. Okay, our crew has done a B post here. 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 lift the dash or a combination of both. At the same time so here we're gonna go through a combination dash, lift [INAUDIBLE] opening. [BLANK_AUDIO] Now, what one of the rescuers is 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. [SOUND] We have hard protection in place 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 a relief cut into the top of the a-post. Remember this will make a six inch bite. [Music] Out of the A post [Music] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC] As you can see between the tool action, between the relief cuts. And lifting with the spreader, we've opened up the footwell far enough now where we can bring in a longboard and extricate and disentangle the patient from the vehicle. Okay, rescuers our crew's just gone through a footwell evolution. Now the reason why we did this evolution today was to reinforce the fact that. You're gonna 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 anytime working in close proximity to a patient, we need to use appropriate caution, hence the enhanced protection we use. 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 [INAUDIBLE] for sponsoring fire engineering training minutes. Be safe out there.

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