Figure 4-3. Flutter valve effects (inspiration and expiration).
d. Dress the Wound. The dressing and bandage will help to protect the airtight
material from damage and provide pressure to the wound.
Remove the field dressing from the paper wrapper.
(2) Place the white side of the dressing directly over the plastic wrapper
forming the flutter valve. Maintain pressure on the dressing so the plastic wrapper will
If an object is protruding from the chest wound, do not try to remove it.
Place airtight material around the object to form as airtight a seal as
possible. Stabilize the object by placing a bulky dressing made from the
cleanest material available around the object. Apply improvised
bandages to hold the sealing material and dressings in place. Do not
wrap the bandages around the protruding object.
(3) Secure the field dressing using the attached bandage tails. If the
casualty is able, have him hold the dressing in place while you secure it. If he cannot
help, then you must hold the dressing in place while securing it.
(a) Grasp one tail, slide it under the casualty, and bring it back over the