Many injuries leave the sufferer perfectly capable of walking out, perhaps after a period of rest. No matter how fit the casualty seems, however, do not neglect to make a thorough examination before the person is allowed to walk. Many people keep going strongly through a crisis but suffer a sudden collapse when they no longer need to continue. The possibility of hypothermia, exhaustion or shock needs to be considered. The first step in an assessment should be to ask the patient how he or she feels. It is prudent to divide the patient’s belongings among the rest of the party and to station a strong party member on either side in case support should be necessary. Continue to monitor the person’s condition, usually by engaging in conversation. Unusual quietness and slurred speech often accompany exhaustion, shock and hypothermia.