UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • To remove a helmet safely preventing excess movement of the cervical spine.
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations
Factors
Procedure
  • All relevant infection control methods to be utilised.
  • Reassure and inform the patient of the procedure that you are going to perform.

  • Maintain inline immobilisation by placing hands on each side of helmet with fingers on patient’s mandible[1].
  • Assistant cuts or loosens the strap at the D rings.
  • Assistant places hands either side of the head to support the neck[2].
  • The rescuer at the head end removes the helmet:
  • Remove glasses.
  • Expand helmet laterally to clear the ears[3].
  • Tilt helmet backwards slightly during removal to clear the nose.
  • Assistant maintains immobilisation from below to prevent neck/head movement[4].
  • After the helmet has been removed, the person at the head end takes control of immobilisation either side of the head[5].
  • Align patient neutrally, apply a cervical collar and log roll onto an extrication board or scoop stretcher.
  1. HelmetRemoval1
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  3. HelmetRemoval2
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  5. HelmetRemoval3
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  7. HelmetRemoval4
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  9. HelmetRemoval5
Success
Success
Discontinue
Discontinue
Additional Information
Additional information

References
References

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