Extrication of a passenger in a motor vehicle accident takes time since a sequence of steps must be taken.

Typical times:

(1) time to first limited patient assessment: 8 minutes

(2) additional time to full extrication: 22 minutes (total 30 minutes)


Stages of extrication:

(1) scene assessment and safety

(2) stabilization of the vehicle

(3) glass management

(4) initial access

(5) full access

(6) patient immobilization and full extraction


Potential hazards that need to be mitigated include:

(1) fire

(2) traffic

(3) chemical spill

(4) undeployed airbag

(5) broken glass and glass dust

(6) exposed metal

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