Keep the casualty from sustaining additional wounds.
Reassure the casualty.
d. If you can safely move the casualty to safety, do so. Administer only life-
saving hemorrhage control while still under enemy fire.
NOTE: Hemorrhage refers to serious bleeding.
(1) If the casualty has severe bleeding from a limb or has suffered
amputation of a limb, quickly apply a tourniquet before moving the casualty to safety.
Do not take time to check the casualty for breathing or airway obstruction.
(2) Move the casualty, his weapon, and any mission-essential equipment to
cover as the tactical situation permits. Do not take the time to move equipment that is
not mission essential.
You must determine the relative threat of the tactical situation versus the risk
to the casualty. Can you remove the casualty to a place of relative safety
without becoming a casualty yourself? Is the casualty safer where he is?
If possible, seek guidance and assistance from your leader.
e. Recheck the bleeding control measures as the tactical situation permits.
PERFORMING TACTICAL FIELD CARE
Perform tactical field care when you and the casualty are no longer under direct
Tactical field care also applies to situations in which an injury has occurred on
a mission when there is no hostile fire. Available medical supplies are
limited to those carried into the field by individual soldiers.
a. Communication. Communicate the medical situation to the unit leader.
Ensure that the tactical situation allows time to treat the casualty before initiating
treatment procedures. Inform the unit leader if:
The casualty will not be able to continue his mission.
There is any significant change in casualty's status.
b. General Impression. Form a general impression of the casualty as you
approach (extent of injuries, chance of survival, and so forth). Continue to evaluate the
tactical situation for possible danger to yourself and the casualty.