We need to understand that extrication includes patients assessment, treatment and removal of patient from vehicle. Some departments only carry with them minimal tools such as one set of jaws of life and are only capable of simple “popping ” a door off and then must step away to allow the medical rescuers in or to allow a more dedicated heavy rescue team in who has more equipment. Extrication units are supposed to not only have many different kinds of extrication tools, but medical equipment, oxygen and backboard as well . Extrication is the entire process from fire protection, power unit disengagement, vehicle stabilization, patient stabilization and treatment, removal of vehicle from patient, removal of patient, and transfer to ambulance. Extrication is not just simply popping a door off. However, on the process of carrying extriation, there are various risks of new technologies on vehicle extrication
Risks With New Technologies
Vehicle extrication goes with some risks. The risks are to be examined as follows
- Active systems in a vehicle such as airbags make cutting into a vehicle more complicated: when they are not set off during the account, for instance a vehicle struck from the rear or a rollover, extrication operations may set them off. This can cause additional trauma to the accident victim or to the rescuers. Airbags can remain active anywhere from 5 seconds to 20 minutes after being disconnected from the car’s battery. This is one of the reasons rescuer disconnect the vehicle’s battery and wait before cutting into a vehicle
- New hybrid technologies also include additional high voltage batteries, or batteries located in unusual places. These can expose occupants and rescuers to shock ,acid or fire hazards if not dealt with correctly.
- Also, some vehicles have an additional auto gas tank. As the system was not built in, there is a risk of damaging the pipe which is often under the car, releasing the pressurized fuel. The risk of this is minimized by locating the line in a protected position during installation. Modern installations also have a shutoff solenoid at the tank so that rupture will only release the fuel in the line rather than allowing fuel to come out of the tank.
When accident occurs, passersby are always the first to respond before the arrival of the professionals. In event someone is trapped inside the accidented vehicle, and all efforts made to rescue the individual proves abortive, on arrival of the professionals , they will use the process called vehicle extrication…