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How do you safely remove a swimmer with a possible head injury from the water?
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Immobilization
If the swimmer has a head injury, assume he has a neck injury as well.
The neck must be immobilized and the head kept in a neutral position (looking straight up when on the back). If you have a float floatation device (surfboard, boogie board) and a 2nd rescuer, place the board directly underneath the swimmer's head and upper back.

In brief: Immobilization
If the swimmer has a head injury, assume he has a neck injury as well.
The neck must be immobilized and the head kept in a neutral position (looking straight up when on the back). If you have a float floatation device (surfboard, boogie board) and a 2nd rescuer, place the board directly underneath the swimmer's head and upper back.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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In brief: Very carefully!,
Airway breathing circulation neck/spine stabilization while doing the other life saving maneuvers really all is done simultaneously and you need more than one person.

In brief: Very carefully!,
Airway breathing circulation neck/spine stabilization while doing the other life saving maneuvers really all is done simultaneously and you need more than one person.
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