Mythbuster: You should keep a person sitting upright once rescued if they have been suspended in a harness.

  • There is no evidence to suggest the pooled blood is ‘toxic’.
  • There is no evidence to support a recommendation that the person is kept in a sitting position after rescue.
  • There are no verified case reports of people dying after being laid flat following rescue.
  • There are verified case reports of people dying who have been suspended immobile in a vertical position by a harness, after being suspended for several hours

Actions once rescued: Treat them normally (without any specific first aid) if the person feels normal.

• Lay the person on their side supported if they are unconscious.

• Start CPR if the person is unresponsive and not breathing normally

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