Purpose of Module:

The purpose of this module is to learn the techniques and types of manual carries used to evacuate patients.

Time to complete the Overview of Manual Carries: 1 hour

You must spend at least 1/2 hour doing hands-on training.

  1. Read the training objectives.
  2. Review EFMB Manual Appendix G, section I.
  3. Review Brady Emergency Care, Eighth Edition, pp. 75-95.
  4. Watch videotape "MEDCOM Body Mechanics: The Science of Moving Safely".
  5. Use the EMT MED computer based training software and complete Chapter 8.
  6. Demonstrate proper lifting techniques for different manual carries.
  7. Take the posttest.
  8. Give the module back to instructor or person in charge.

Training Objectives

  1. Define the guidelines and safety precautions that need to be followed when lifting a patient.
  2. Define the categories of manual carries.
  3. State the situations that may require the use of and emergency move.
  4. Identify the proper carry for varying situations.

Activities to Perform

  1. Watch videotape "MEDCOM Body Mechanics: The Science of Moving Safely".
  2. Use the MED EMT computer based training software and complete chapter 8.
  3. Perform different manual carries using proper technique.
  4. Take the posttest to give yourself feedback on this module.


1.  The greatest danger to the patient in an emergency move is:

a.  that a spinal injury may be aggravated
b.  that the rescuers may take too much time to move him
c.  additional injury from extrication equipment
d.  improperly applied immobilization devices

2.  The distance a casualty can be transported by a manual carry depends on which of the following factors:

a.  strength of the bearer (s)
b.  weight of the casualty
c.  nature of the injuries
d.  obstacles encountered during transport
e.  all of the above

3.  There are situations that may require the use of an emergency more.  These include:

a.  extrication in rain or snow
b.  needing to return to service quickly
c.  the need to reach other seriously injured patients
d.  your patient being in pain

4.  What is the best one man carry for a long distance (over 300 meters)?

a.  pack-strap carry
b.  fireman's carry
c.  pistol-belt carry
d.  arms carry

5.  Your squad is under heavy ground fire and a casualty must be moved to cover what carry or drag should you use?

a.  pistol-belt carry
b.  pack-strap carry
c.  fireman's carry
d.  pistol-belt drag