A medic climbed under a concrete slab to reach a 5 year old kid who had been trapped under the rubble for 50 hours.
She attended?? her injuries before helping her out of the collapsed apartment building.

Can I use climb in this context? Does it imply there were stairs/a ladder under the concrete slab?

Also, what would be a good verb to use before injuries? Attended/treated?

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If the concrete slab were near the top of a large pile of rubble, the rescuer might very well have had to climb to get to it. To me this phrasing doesn't imply stairs or a ladder, no. "Crawled under a slab" sounds to me as though the slab were very near the ground. Maybe "climbed a pile of rubble and crawled under a concrete slab" would be crystal-clear, but your sentence works for me.

I'd say "attended to her injuries," but "treated her injuries" is more direct and a better choice.
Thanks Delmobile. Great explanation!
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Hi New2grammar

A medic climbed under a concrete slab to reach a 5-year-old kid... (Should be hyphenated.)
Yoong Liat, Thanks.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines climb as
to move into or out of a small space awkwardly or with difficulty or effort

Since it is not a flat surface under the slab, "crawl" may not be the appropriate word. I think they do need to climb up and down on the rubble within the very narrow space.
I also think you need the "to" after attend in this case.
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I'm not saying the dictionary is wrong but if it's correct about this particular definition, moving
through an air vent should be described using the word climb as opposed to crawl which I think I've heard native speakers use.

Pter, did you introduce the surface flatness condition or is itpart of the dictionary definition?
What do you think?
When you crawl, you stretch out your body along the ground or you're on your hands and knees. This normally happens on a flat or close-to-flat surface. We say "climb on the rocks" instead of "crawl on the rocks". The action they need in such a situation is more like climbing on rocks instead of crawling on a surface. The inside of an air vent is a flat surface.
The muscles you use in climbing are different from that in crawling. For example, you often need to use your fingers to grab on to something when you climb but you don't when you crawl.
Your explanation totally makes sense. I believe the dictionary definition should be modified to include
the surface condition. Thank you, Pter!
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