This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.Find sources: "Casualty movement" – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (August 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this message)

Casualty movement is the collective term for the techniques used to move a casualty from the initial location (street, home, workplace, wilderness, battlefield) to the ambulance.[1]

In wilderness or combat conditions, it may first be necessary to stabilize the patient prior to moving them to avoid causing further injury. In such situations, evacuation may involve carrying the victim some distance on improvised stretchers, a travois, or other improvised carrying gear.

Spinal immobilization is necessary if there is a likelihood of head or spinal injury.[2]

Once the patient is ready to be moved, the first step is the casualty lifting, to put him/her on a stretcher or litter (rescue basket). The final step is the patient transfer from the stretcher to the hospital bed.

The use of wheeled stretchers, usually used in most developed emergency services, does not need much explanation, except that great care must be taken in order to avoid aggravating an unstable trauma.

See also


  1. ^ Koser, Brandon W.; Suchenski, Maureen (2021), "EMS Casualty Evacuation", StatPearls, Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing, PMID 30725846, retrieved 2021-05-25
  2. ^ Feller, Ron; Furin, Molly; Alloush, Almothenna; Reynolds, Crystal (2021), "EMS Immobilization Techniques", StatPearls, Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing, PMID 29083568, retrieved 2021-05-25