EVACUATING A CASUALTY
Section I. MANUAL CARRIES
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.
Sometimes, you will need to use a manual carry to transport a casualty to a place of
safety where he can be placed onto a litter. Three common one-man manual carries for
moving a casualty are the fireman's carry, the neck drag, and the cradle drop drag.
The fireman's carry is usually used to quickly move an unconscious or disabled
casualty for a moderate or long distance. This carry leaves one of the bearer's arms
free to carry a rifle, move around obstacles, and so forth.
a. Position the Casualty in a Prone Position. If the casualty is lying on his
back, turn the casualty onto his stomach.
Kneel at the casualty's uninjured side.
If you are in a chemical environment, squat--do not kneel on the ground.
Place the casualty's arms above his head.
Cross his far ankle over the near one.
Grasp the casualty's clothing at his far shoulder and hip.
(5) Gently pull so that the casualty rolls toward you (figure 7-1). Continue
until the casualty is on his abdomen.
Straighten his legs.
b. Raise the Casualty to a Standing Position.
(1) Straddle the casualty, slip your hands under his chest, and lock your
hands together (figure 7-2 A).