MARKING THE CASUALTY
Write the letter "T" and the time the tourniquet was applied on the casualty's
forehead with a pen, the casualty's blood, mud, or other substance. The "T" alerts
medical personnel that a tourniquet has been applied.
5-10. DRESSING AN AMPUTATION
After the tourniquet has been applied to a complete amputation, place a dressing
made of soft, absorbent material over the end of the stump and secure the dressing with
bandages. The dressing will help to prevent additional contamination of the wound and
will help to protect the wound from additional injury.
a. If the amputation was complete, take care of the amputated part. If possible,
rinse the amputated part free of debris, wrap it loosely in saline-moistened sterile gauze,
seal the amputated part in a plastic bag or cravat, and place it in a cool container.
DO NOT freeze the amputated part.
DO NOT place amputated part in water.
DO NOT place the amputated part directly on ice.
DO NOT use dry ice to cool the amputated part.
DO NOT place the amputated part where it is view of the casualty.
b. If the amputation was partial, splint the two parts of the limb as though it were
5-11. TAKE MEASURES TO PREVENT/CONTROL SHOCK
Hypovolemic (low blood volume) shock can result in death. Take measures to
prevent or control shock.
a. Signs and Symptoms. Hypovolemic shock is usually caused by severe
bleeding, but it can also be caused by a severe loss of body fluids from severe burns,
vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive sweating from heat injury. Other signs and symptoms
of shock include:
Sweaty but cool (clammy) skin.
Restlessness, nervousness, or agitated behavior.
Confused mental process.