Moving a victim in an emergency

The purpose of moving an accident victim is to remove them from immediate danger or further injuries or death.

​Move an injured person only if it is necessary to save their lives. Don’t forget your own safety!

Moving a victim in an emergency is necessary if:

  • the vehicle is smoking or on fire .
  • the victim is in a dangerous post, such as in the middle of the road, or in danger of suffocation, for example by drowning
  • the patient is not breathing or is breathing abnormally. Move the victim onto a hard surface and perform CPR.

The victim can be moved by dragging them by their clothes on the ground. If the victim is unconscious (but breathing), turn them into the recovery position. If the victim is unresponsive (not breathing), start CPR.

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Updated  8.6.2020