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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-07-2016, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Here's why you stabilize a crash victim's head

We're told repeatedly that if we come upon an accident, to stabilize the crash victim's head, don't let him or her move, don't remove a helmet, keep the neck and head in as straight a line as possible.

A couple happened upon a horrific SUV crash and saved the life of a baby who had been "internally decapitated" -- the ligaments holding his skull to his spine snapped -- by rigidly holding the baby's head still for half an hour until paramedics arrived.

The advice to keep accident victims' heads still isn't theoretical. Here's a real-life example of how it saved a baby's life.

http://wapo.st/1t4qDqf
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Good to know just for oneself. The response after a spill is to jump up. Bad idea without checking things out well. And leave a victim's helmet on. Let the EMS folks cut it off or whatever. Just presume someone is injured and tell them not to move. If they're moving around, get them to lie down and stop. Stabilize things as if they're hurt. This is what I generally end up doing. They're dizzy and moving around. Might be too late, but still helps.
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