EVACUATING A CASUALTY USING A SKED OR IMPROVISED LITTER
Prepare and use a SKED litter or improvised litter to evacuate a casualty.
Given a simulated casualty, a SKED litter or appropriate materials to make an
improvised litter, and personnel to act as litter bearers.
Score a GO on the performance checklist.
FM 8-10-6, Medical Evacuation in a Theater of Operations.
Being able to evacuate casualties in a quick and efficient manner will result in
saving lives. There are times when a standard medical litter is available for evacuation.
However, in many situations, you will need to use a SKED litter. If a SKED litter is not
available, you may need to construct an improvised litter from available materials.
The SKED litter (made by SKEDCO, Incorporated) is a compact and lightweight
transport system used to evacuate a casualty over land. It can also be used to rescue a
casualty in water. A SKED litter is illustrated in figure 9-1. Note the four handholds.
Also note the dragline at the head of the litter.
Figure 9-1. SKED litter.