Reality training: Every patient move is a high-risk move

Have you recently reviewed lifting techniques, stretcher operations and teamwork to avoid a patient drop?

Incident Date: Unknown

Department: FDNY EMS

What happened: A patient was dropped as two EMS providers attempted to move the loaded stretcher from the street into their ambulance.

A video, uploaded to the Loudlabs News NYC YouTube channel on Feb. 19, 2021, shows the stretcher tipping as the EMS providers attempted to raise the stretcher undercarriage. The patient braces for the fall with an outstretched arm as the stretcher catches on the compartment floor or bumper.

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