This chapter will discuss first aid equipment and supplies, and the rescue and transportation of the injured patient. As a medical technician, you will be expected to recognize the uses and application procedures for dressings and bandages, and to be able to identify the protective equipment needed in specific emergencies, along with where and when to use it.
In this chapter, you will learn the phases of a rescue operation and the stages of extrication. You will also learn the precautionary steps that must be taken in special rescue situations. You will learn to recognize the different patient-moving devices and lifting techniques. Additionally, this chapter will familiarize you with the various forms of emergency transportation, and you will learn to identify essential basic life support supplies on ambulances. Finally, this chapter will give you the preparatory, en route, and turnover procedures for patients being transported to medical treatment facilities.