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Meety Peety
post Sep 26 2008, 02:13 PM
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You see a casualty who has an open chest wound. The casualty is breathing. Necessary equipment and materials: casualty's first aid packet and material to improvise a dressing (clothing or blankets).

Apply a dressing to the wound following the correct sequence, without causing further injury to the casualty. The wound should be properly sealed and the dressing firmly secured without interfering with breathing.

Performance Steps

Note.
If there are two wounds, the same procedure should be followed for both. Start with the one that is more serious; (the one that has the heavier bleeding or is larger).

1. Uncover the wound unless clothing is stuck to the wound or in a chemical environment.

CAUTION
Uncovering the wound in a chemical environment or removing stuck clothing could cause additional harm.

WARNING
Do not attempt to clean the wound.

2. Apply airtight material over the wound.
a. Use the fully opened outer wrapper of the casualty's field dressing or other airtight material.
b. Apply the inner surface of the airtight material directly over the wound after the casualty exhales completely.

Note.
When applying the airtight material try not to touch the inner surface.
c. Hold the material in place.

3. Apply the casualty's field dressing.
a. Apply the dressing, white side down, directly over the airtight material.
b. Have the casualty breathe normally.
c. Maintain pressure on the dressing while you wrap the tails around the body back to the starting point.
d. Tie the tails into a nonslip knot over the center of the dressing after the casualty has exhaled completely.
e. Check to make sure the knot is tied firmly enough to secure the dressing without interfering with breathing.

Note.
When practical, apply direct manual pressure over the dressing for 5 to 10 minutes to help control the bleeding.

4. Position the casualty on the injured side or in a sitting position, whichever makes breathing easier.

WARNING
If the casualty's condition (difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, restlessness, or blueness of skin) worsens after placing the dressing, quickly lift or remove and then replace the airtight dressing.

Note.
Watch the casualty for life-threatening conditions, check for other injuries, and seek medical aid.



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Wayneard3413
post Oct 3 2008, 10:06 AM
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One thing worth mentioning here is that you dont want to apply an airtight cover if it is a sucking chest wound... Either keep the the bottom side untapped to allow air to escape or looking into adding an ACS to your kit
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post Oct 3 2008, 05:06 PM
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QUOTE (Wayneard3413 @ Oct 3 2008, 12:06 PM) *
adding an ACS to your kit


Damn....
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Wayneard3413
post Oct 3 2008, 05:57 PM
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QUOTE (Happyfeet @ Oct 3 2008, 07:06 PM) *
QUOTE (Wayneard3413 @ Oct 3 2008, 12:06 PM) *
adding an ACS to your kit


Damn....



Sorry i got lost there somewhere... What are you damning? Haha
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post Oct 4 2008, 07:21 PM
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QUOTE (Wayneard3413 @ Oct 3 2008, 07:57 PM) *
QUOTE (Happyfeet @ Oct 3 2008, 07:06 PM) *
QUOTE (Wayneard3413 @ Oct 3 2008, 12:06 PM) *
adding an ACS to your kit


Damn....



Sorry i got lost there somewhere... What are you damning? Haha


Thinking how unprepared I am.
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Wayneard3413
post Oct 4 2008, 08:51 PM
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Oh haha... The best all round prepackaged deals i have found are the kits offered by Tactical Response Gear

Its basically a leak stopping kit but its a good base... Not to mention it allows you to carry the important stuff on your person and leave all the boo-boo stuff in a separate kit... Or you could just use an issue IFAK as a foundation and add to it
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