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Control measure

Stabilise casualty and request medical assistance

Control measure knowledge

Casualties that have been impaled on or by objects should be given immediate medical attention. This should, in the first instance, consist of life sustaining treatment carried out in situ. Only where resuscitation is required should consideration be given to moving the casualty, as removal of the casualty from the object or the object from the casualty may result in worsening their condition.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide personnel with training on the treatment of impaled casualties

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Stabilise an impaled casualty by immobilising injured area and stemming any blood loss
  • Request specialist medical advice prior to attempting to move casualty unless injuries are immediately life threatening