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26th Annual National Collegiate EMS Conference

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“What’s on the Line? Fall and Suspension Injuries on Rope”

What happens when someone falls while on rope and their belay device functions PROPERLY? How long can they remain suspended after a fall? This presentation focuses on injuries that may occur from falls and suspension while still attached to rope. By assessing the kinematics of trauma; including the fall distance, harness type, attachment point, and hardware factors; determine likely injuries and extraction strategies as well as manage potentially lethal effects of prolonged suspension.


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