the person is able to tell you to the contrary, assume that anyone
with a back injury also has a neck injury.
Place a board, such as
a door or table leaf, next to the person. The board should extend
below the buttocks (ideally to the feet) and above the head. Keeping
the head aligned with the rest of the body, gently logroll the
person toward you. Move the board under the person and ease him
or her onto it. If the person is vomiting, lay him or her on one
side and continue to support the head.
immobilize the person, tie the person to the board with a rope,
shirt, belt, or strips of cloth at the ankles, legs, chest, and
across the forehead.
Tie tightly enough so
the person cannot move, but not so tightly that you cut off circulation
or inhibit breathing. Place towels, sweaters, or pillows snugly
around the person, especially alongside the head and neck. Once
immobilized, the person can be carefully moved to safety.