your nondominant hand and pull forward, clearing possible obstructions from the site. If
you are going to give the injection in your buttock, lift the flap of your jacket if it is
covering the injection site. Avoid the mask carrier, straps, buttons, or other possible
(6) Hold the ATNAA autoinjector in your closed fist with the green needle
end pointing out by your little finger.
Place the needle end of the autoinjector against the injection site at a 90
(8) Push the autoinjector into the muscle with firm, even pressure until the
needle functions. Do not use a jabbing motion.
(9) Hold the autoinjector firmly in place for at least 10 seconds to ensure
that all of the nerve agent antidotes are injected into the muscle.
(10) Remove the autoinjector from the injection site by pulling it out at a 90o
f. Secure Used Autoinjector(s). Attach the used autoinjector(s) to your
clothing. If you need additional treatment, the used autoinjectors will let the medic or
fellow soldier (buddy-aid) know that you have taken nerve agent antidote and how much
you have taken. Take care to avoid tearing your protective garments/gloves with the
(1) Use a hard surface to bend the needle to form a hook without tearing the
protective gloves or clothing.
This step is necessary because there is too much of a chance of puncturing
the protective gloves and/or skin if you try to bend the needle as you attach it
to the MOPP suit.
(2) Push the bent needle of the used autoinjectors (one at a time if more
than one) through the pocket flap of the protective overgarment (figure 8-7).
Figure 8-7. Used autoinjector(s) attached to pocket flap.
A. MARK I atropine and 2-PAM Cl. B. ATNAA.