James Atcitty, a combat lifesaver instructor with the U. Army Medical Department Activity, Fort Huachuca, prepares to perform a chest needle decompression on a simulated casualty during the hands-on test as part of the Combat Lifesaver Course offered at Fort Huachuca July This procedure will save those who may have suffered a collapsed lung, a common battlefield injury. The Sked is used to transport a casualty in the battlefield.
Use the tongue-jaw lift to open his mouth.
Open his mouth by grasping both his tongue and lower jaw between your thumb and fingers, and lift tongue-jaw lift; Figure If you cannot open his mouth, cross your fingers and thumb crossed-finger methodand push his teeth apart. To do this, press your thumb against his upper teeth, and your finger against his lower teeth Figure Insert the index finger of your other hand down along the inside of his cheek to the base of his tongue.
Use a hooking motion from the side of the mouth toward the center to dislodge the foreign body Figure The longer a Soldier bleeds from a major wound, the less likely he will survive it.
You must promptly stop the external bleeding. This is necessary to properly visualize the injury and avoid further contamination.
To avoid further injury, leave in place any clothing that is stuck to the wound. Do not touch the wound, and keep it as clean as possible. Apply dressings over the protective clothing. Entrance and Exit Wounds Before applying the dressing, carefully examine the casualty to determine if there is more than one wound.
A missile may have entered at one point and exited at another point. An exit wound is usually larger than its entrance wound. If an object is extending from impaled in the wound, leave it.
DO NOT try to remove it.
Instead, take the following steps to prevent further injury: In order to prevent the object from embedding more deeply, or from worsening the wound, use dressings or other clean, bulky materials to build up the area around the object.
Apply a supporting bandage over the bulky materials to hold them in place. Monitor the casualty continually for development of conditions that may require you to perform basic life-saving measures such as clearing his airway and performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Check all open or penetrating wounds for a point of entry and exit, with first aid measures applied accordingly. Emergency Trauma Dressing Do not use the one in your pouch.
Place the pad on the wound, white side down, and wrap the elastic bandage around the injured limb or body part A, Figure Insert the elastic bandage into the pressure bar B, Figure Tighten the elastic bandage C, Figure Pull back, forcing the pressure bar down onto the pad D, Figure Wrap the elastic bandage tightly over the pressure bar, and wrap over all the edges of the pad E, Figure Secure the hooking ends of the closure bar into the elastic bandage.
Do not create a tourniquet-like effect F, Figure Wrapping of bandage over pressure bar.Excerps from the Combat Life Saver Course at Ft Bliss, plus real world examples of the soldiers putting their skills to work.
WARNING, this shows some of the uglier sides of war. Remember, as a combat lifesaver, your primary function is to accomplish your combat mission. You are to provide emergency care as a secondary mission when your primary mission allows.
You may also be asked to assist the combat medic in providing care and preparing casualties for evacuation when you have no combat duties to perform. New Combat Lifesaver Bag ( / ) The Role of the New Combat Lifesaver Bag.
The Combat Lifesaver (CLS) is a non-medical soldier trained to provide advanced first aid and lifesaving procedures beyond the level of self-aid or buddy aid. MOS 68W, Combat Medic NCOER bullets. HELP! We need more examples.
If you got 'em, they can be shared by using the form below. The combat lifesaver is a bridge between the self-aid/buddy-aid (first aid) training given all soldiers during basic training and the medical training given to the combat medic.
The combat lifesaver is a nonmedical soldier who provides lifesaving measures as a. The USMC Combat Life Saver Kit from North American Rescue has set the bar for mission specific casualty care platforms.