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RSS Operating Instructions


1. Remove Day Sack

Demonstration of the pouch being unzipped from the upright rucksackClose up of the pouch being unzipped

With the rucksack standing upright, unzip the side pouches and zip together to form a separate day sack.

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The first aid pouch strapped around the waist as a bum bag2. Remove First Aid Pouch

Unzip the first aid external pouch, and strap around the waist. Either use as a bum bag, or give it to a member of the team to utilize in the 'roll down' (link to fig 7.jpg) method to administer first aid to the casualty, while others prepare the stretcher.

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3. Roll Out Stretcher

The rucksack being unclippedThe sidess of the rucksack being unzippedThe rucksack stretcher rolled out to its full length

Unclip the top-flap of the rucksack, unzip sides and lay rucksack out flat. Undo large flap inside the RSS and extend rucksack to its full length.

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4. Lay Out Restraining Straps

The side straps of the Rucksack Stretcher being laid outClose up of the side straps of the Rucksack Stretcher being laid out

Pull out side stretcher handles and extend all side straps. Pull out chinstrap and head retainers from inside top flap of rucksack.

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5. Extend Head and Feet Extensions

The head extension being pulled outThe Rucksack Stretcher with the head section fully extended and laid out

Extend head and feet extensions on stretcher and feed into separate pockets. To collapse the back board press the two recess buttons on head & feet

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Top view of the Rucksack Stretcher showing the shoulder straps extended6. Extend Sholder Straps

Turn the RSS stretcher over so the shoulder straps are upper most. Ensure all straps, including shoulder straps, are loosened and laid out. Turn the top flap inside out as this assists as an immobiliser for the casualty's head.

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7. Move Casualty onto Stretcher

Three people help move a casualty onto the Rucksack StretcherThe casualty laid on the Rcuksack Stretcher whilst others assist strapping him in

Either slide stretcher under casualty or lift and place casualty on stretcher (depending on severity of injury).

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8. Secure Arms

The casualty with his arms through the shoulder strapsThe casualty with the shoulder straps fully fastened

Place casualty's arms through shoulder straps and tighten.

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9. Secure Chest and Waist

The chest and waist straps are secured on the casualtyThe leg straps being secured

Secure chest and waist straps. (If casualty is conscious and injuries allow, the casualty's arms can be left outside of straps if necessary). Secure leg straps (pad between legs especially ankles and knees if possible). Secure foot strap around both feet and tighten.

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The casualty with the chinstrap securely fastened10. Secure Head

Secure chinstrap and head restraint around casualty's forehead.

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11. Check Straps

The straps are checked before the casualty is liftedFinally check all straps for security and ensure casualty is as comfortable as possible, paying special attention to the areas around the injury. Use padding where necessary.

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12. Lift Casualty

Four people, two on each side, take the stretcher handles and prepare to lift the casualtyWhen lifting the casualty all personnel should lift together keeping the casualty level at all times, thus reducing potential injuries to those lifting. Casualty should be lifted by the use of the stretcher handles ONLY. (fig 12) If using improvised stretcher poles such as branches etc., ensure the poles are strong enough and are passed through all lifting handles prior to lifting.

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13. Other Notes

Personnel carrying the stretcher should keep an eye on casualty at all times, administering first aid and reassurance to the casualty throughout the extraction where necessary. If carrying long distances, regular breaks and rotation of carriers should be encouraged to reduce strain on carrier's arms.

REMEMBER: The RSS enables you to extract the casualty from immediate danger before reaching emergency services and definitive care.

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For more information contact:
Centurion Risk Assessment Services Ltd
PO Box 1740, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 3WT, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1637 852912, Fax: +44 (0)1637 852917, Mobile: +44 (0)7785 248934
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