First Aid Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Elevation Techniques

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Limb Elevation Techniques for Bleeding and Shock


Elevating or moving limbs effectively aids in managing bleeds and mitigating shock. Explore various techniques for limb elevation.

Office Chair Elevation

Method: Utilize an office chair to raise both legs, allowing gravity to return blood volume to the core, thus increasing blood pressure.

Assessment: Monitor radial pulse; restoration of radial pulse indicates blood pressure improvement.

Knee Elevation

Method: Substitute a knee to elevate limbs when an office chair is unavailable. This technique maintains free hands for assessment.

Shoulder Elevation

Method: Elevate a limb onto a shoulder, keeping hands free for patient care and evaluation.

Utilizing Joint Bends

Technique: Leveraging limb joint bends allows for effective elevation. Supporting limbs in the correct position prevents blood loss and improves blood pressure.

Motorcycle Helmet Support

Method: Placing a motorcycle helmet under the arm of a motorcyclist with a limb injury maintains limb elevation, aiding in reducing blood flow and loss.

Postural Drainage

Approach: Implement postural drainage techniques to promote blood return to the core, enhancing blood pressure and patient recovery.


Employing various limb elevation techniques, whether with equipment or improvised methods, plays a crucial role in managing bleeding, alleviating shock, and aiding patient recovery.