Date: 17 Dec 2001 15:53:52 GMT
Subject: Re: EMT's - question for you

SimonJ <> pressed random keys until the following was produced: (Dave wrote:) >> Yes, but the vast majority of them are *not on fire*, and are very much > safer >> if left in the car, rather than being handled by untrained, but well >> meaining, bystanders. >> > Now you are talking about a totally different circumstance, i.e. using the > lock to protect yourself from untrained interference, rather than to reduce > the chance of the door coming open on its own. Well, no, I'm saying that in the vast majority of the cases, there's no benefit to the patient to them being pulled out by someone untrained. > The door being locked would only affect casualties who were rendered > unconscious or immobile by the crash, (if you were neither, you could unlock > the car or not as you chose) Agreed. And that doesn't happen real often. > In the case of unconscious/immobile patients, it is essential to get first > aid to them as quickly as possible. Well, if you're trained, by all means go and get the device necessary to get instant-access to the car. I'm sure your local fire department or rescue squad would be happy to show you, they're less than ten bucks, and work very nicely. Dave Hinz

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