BCA ambassador and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) co-owner Sarah Carpenter highlights the key points about first aid for avalanche victims in this video from BCA. Finding and digging out a person buried in an avalanche is only half the battle. If necessary, you need to be ready to give them first aid too. Is it time to take a backcountry first aid course?
Watch BCA’s Post Avalanche Patient Care:
BCA’s Companion Rescue Series covers “all the steps involved in rescuing a companion buried in an avalanche: the basics of avalanche transceiver searching, probing, strategic shoveling, organizing the rescue, providing first aid, and backcountry evacuation.”
This video is not a replacement for proper avalanche education. Take an avalanche course and practice with your avalanche gear.
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Official Description From YouTube:
Published on Aug 30, 2016
In part five of our Companion Rescue Series, BCA ambassador and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) co-owner Sarah Carpenter illustrates the key points if you need to administer first aid to an avalanche victim. Check the patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation; stabilize the spine, if necessary; decide if you need to evacuate the avalanche victim, and protect them from exposure. Be prepared to treat the most common injuries that occur when someone gets buried in an avalanche.
This is not a substitute for an avalanche class. Get educated before heading into the winter backcountry.
For more educational resources, go to http://www.backcountryaccess.com/education