This lesson assumes that you are in a combat situation, there is a wounded
soldier in need of help, and you can provide care without endangering your combat
If there are any signs of nerve agent poisoning, stop the
evaluation, take the necessary NBC protective measures, and
then resume appropriate first aid measures (Lesson 8).
ACTIONS BEFORE APPROACHING THE CASUALTY
Take the following actions before approaching the casualty on the battlefield.
Remember to protect yourself.
a. Scan the area for potential danger.
Survey the area for small arms fire.
Detect area for fire or explosive devices.
Determine threat for chemical or biological agents.
Survey buildings, if any, for structural stability.
b. Determine the best route of access to the casualty and the best route of
egress. If you need to move the casualty to a safer area, be sure to select an area that
provides optimum cover and concealment. Plan your evacuation route prior to exposing
yourself to possible hostile fire.
c. Request covering fire to reduce the risk to yourself and the casualty during
movement to and from the casualty's location.
d. Anticipate the type of injuries the casualty may have received and what care
will probably be needed. Did the casualty fall from a wall (broken bones)? Was there
an explosion (blast effects)? Was there only small arms fire (bleeding wounds)?