c. Open the Field Dressing.
The emergency trauma bandage (paragraph 5-17) can be used on any
bleeding wound. It can be used both as a field dressing and as a pressure
dressing. The following assumes that you are using the field dressing, not the
emergency trauma bandage. See Section IV for the use of the emergency
Remove the field dressing packet from the casualty's first aid pouch.
Use the casualty's field dressing first in order to conserve your supplies.
If you use up all of the field dressings in your aid bag, improvise a dressing
and bandage using the cleanest cloth available.
Tear the plastic envelope and remove its contents.
Twist the paper wrapper until it breaks or tear it open.
Grasp the folded olive drab tails of the field dressing with both hands
The following illustrations do not show the combat lifesaver wearing the
Figure 5-3. Grasping the tails of the field dressing with both hands.
d. Apply the Field Dressing.
(1) Hold the field dressing directly above the wound with the white side of
the dressing material toward the wound.
Pull on the tails so that the dressing opens and flattens (figure 5-4).
Do not touch the white (sterile) side of the dressing. Do not allow the
white (sterile) side of the dressing come into contact with any surface
other than the wound.
Place the white part of the dressing directly over the wound (figure 5-5).