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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Cut the chest straps on the anterior side of the shoulder pads.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Fully immobilize the patient to the backboard with straps and head blocks.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Slide your arms between the chest and anterior shoulder pads and gain control of the C-spine on the anterior side of the head and jaw.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Remove the bilateral chin pads from the helmet. A tongue depressor works well for this.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Remove the helmet chin strap.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Begin removing the helmet, ensuring there’s good anterior C-spine control (arms will be between the chest and shoulder pads, and C-spine will be controlled holding the side of the head). With the chin pads removed, total contact is easily achieved.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

The third caregiver will take control of the back of the head as the helmet is removed by the second caregiver.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Using a fourth caregiver, elevate the shoulders enough to slide the pads over the patient’s head.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

After the pads are removed, lower the patient to the ground.

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Removing a Helmet and Shoulder Pads

Apply a C-collar.