If the patient’s injuries do not allow walking, then carrying may be necessary. The leader should consider the needs of the rest of the group. Sometimes the circumstances that led to the injury may have affected others to a greater or lesser extent, particularly for hot- or cold-related conditions. Carries are hard work and a strong party will be needed.
The method chosen will depend on:
- the condition of the patient
- the terrain
- the distance to be carried
- the number and strength of the party.
For example, four strong people could carry a lightweight injured person a short distance to a sheltered campsite using one of the improvised carries. The same party would not be capable of an extended carry by any method.