b. Two-Man Support Carry. The two-man support carry can be used to
transport either a conscious or an unconscious casualty. It is especially useful if the
casualty is conscious and can walk if assisted. The carry can be used for long
distances. A variation of the carry can be used if the casualty is taller than the
c. Two-Man Arms Carry. The two-man arms carry can be used to move a
conscious or unconscious casualty a moderate distance. If a casualty with a
suspected spinal fracture must be moved immediately, a variation of this carry is used
with one bearer supporting the casualty's head and neck and three or more bearers
supporting the casualty's body and legs. Whenever possible, a spine board
(Lesson 3) should be applied before moving a casualty with a suspected spinal injury.
d. Two-Hand Seat Carry. The two-hand seat carry can be used to move a
conscious or unconscious casualty. This carry is normally used to move a casualty a
e. Four-Hand Seat Carry. The four-hand seat carry is only used with a
conscious casualty who can help support himself while he is being carried. This carry is
usually used to transport a casualty a moderate distance. It is especially useful in
transporting a conscious casualty with a head or foot injury.
2-17. WORKING IN UNISON
One major difference between one-man and two-man carries is the need for
coordinated effort in the two-man carries. Before beginning the carry, the bearers
should determine which bearer is to give the instructions so they will lift the casualty in
unison and begin walking at the same time. Normally, the more experienced bearer is
the leader. A combat medic who is not one of the bearers can give the instructions to
the bearers when they begin the carry.
2-18. TWO-MAN FORWARD-AND-AFTER CARRY
The two-man fore-and-aft carry can be used to move a casualty for a long
distance. If the two bearers are of different height, the taller bearer supports the
casualty's upper body and the shorter bearer supports the casualty's legs.
a. The bearers position the casualty on his back with his arms by his sides
b. Both bearers prepare to lift the casualty (figure 2-17 A).
(1) The first (taller) bearer kneels at the casualty's head facing toward the
casualty's feet. The bearer slides his hands under the casualty's armpits and across
the casualty's chest. Then he locks his hands together over the casualty's chest.