In this video, BCA ambassador and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) co-owner Sarah Carpenter shows how to administer first aid to an avalanche victim. Check the patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation; stabilize the spine, if necessary; decide if you need to evacuate the avalanche victim, and protect them from exposure. Be prepared to treat the most common injuries that occur when someone gets buried in an avalanche.
This is not a substitute for an avalanche class. Get educated before heading into the winter backcountry.
Find a list of avalanche courses here.
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