5-12. EVACUATING THE CASUALTY
Evacuate a casualty with a tourniquet to the nearest medical treatment facility
(MTF) as soon as possible. See Lesson 7 for instructions on evacuating the casualty
on a SKED or improvised litter. The combat medic or combat lifesaver can request a
medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) for the casualty if needed.
a. Do not cover the tourniquet. Leave the tourniquet in full view so that medical
personnel can locate it quickly.
b. Continually monitor the casualty for development of conditions that may
require the performance of necessary basic lifesaving measures such as clearing the
airway, performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and preventing shock.
c. If a complete amputation is involved, prepare the amputated part as
described previously and transport with the casualty. Do not place the amputated part
so that it is in view of the casualty.
Section III. OTHER PROCEDURES
Section II dealt with the normal treatment procedures and supplies that you will
probably have available. This section covers some other supplies and procedures
including the field first aid dressing, improvised pressure dressing, and improvised
tourniquet. . The field first aid dressing is being replaced by the emergency bandage,
but may still be available in some cases.
5-14. APPLYING A FIELD FIRST AID DRESSING
The field first aid dressing (figure 5-8) consists of a pad of sterile (germ-free)
white dressing with a bandage (usually olive-drab) already attached to the dressing pad.
The field first aid dressing is wrapped in paper and then sealed in a plastic envelope.
The field dressing is also called the "field dressing" and the "combat dressing."
a. Open the Field Dressing.
Although the following illustrations do not show the rescuer wearing gloves,
you should put on gloves from the casualty's first aid kit.
Obtain the dressing from the casualty's first aid pouch.
Tear the plastic envelope and remove its contents.