‘Kendrick extrication’ for two people involved in Coventry road traffic collision

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 – 4.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

Specialist equipment carried on West Midlands’ ambulances was used on two of three people injured in a road traffic collision today.

The service was called shortly before 1.05pm to reports of a two-car collision at the junction of Monkswood Crescent and Henley Road in Coventry.

A paramedic area support officer and three ambulance crews attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The lone driver of one of the cars involved had to be cut free with the help of the fire service but because of a previous spinal injury, he couldn’t lay flat on a spinal board. Instead, a Kendrick Extrication Device was used. This device secures the upper body and allowed for him to be removed from the vehicle in an upright, seated position.

“An elderly couple in the other vehicle involved had both managed to get out. The Kendrick Extrication Device was used on the woman passenger due to the nature of her injuries. She had a chest injury and a fractured sternum.

“The male driver had chest pains. All three were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”


Above: Diagram of a Kendrick Extrication Device. Picture: Wikipedia


Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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