High-Angle Rescue on Top of Feed Mill - Patient Care - @ JEMS.com


High-Angle Rescue on Top of Feed Mill

 

 
 
 

From the August 2010 Issue | Saturday, July 31, 2010


W hen a 22-year-old man was injured working on top of a feed mill 134 feet above the ground in a rural farming community in Alberta, Canada, Wheatland EMS, the Strathmore Rural Fire Department, Strathmore Town Fire Department (STFD), a high-angle rescue team from a nitrogen fertilizer plant and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police combined resources to coordinate care, packaging and transfer of the patient. A firefighter armed with climbing equipment and BLS gear climbed to the top to initially assess the patient. The patient was conscious with head lacerations and complaining of neck pain. The firefighter maintained manual C-spine control while spinal equipment and a basket stretcher were hoisted up with an EMT-A who assumed patient care. The patient’s head was bandaged, and he was secured to a spine board and packaged in a basket stretcher. The initial rescue transfer involved a vertical lowering to the walkway below and then controlled descent down the STFD 105-foot aerial ladder. He was reassessed by the waiting ALS crew and transported by ground to a rural emergency department with minor injuries. For more on this challenging incident, check out our bonus article at jems.com/feedmillrescue.

This article originally appeared in July 2010 JEMS as “Trauma at the top.”




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Patient Care, Trauma, “Strathmore Town Fire Department”, “Strathmore Rural Fire Department”, “Royal Canadian Mounted Police”, “high-angle rescue”, “Carseland”, Calgary, Alberta, Jems EMS in Action

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Salt Lake City Firefighters Injured in Firehouse Fire

Nine sent to a hospital with smoke inhalation.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed in the Line of Duty

West End Ambulance medic killed at accident scene.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >