Figure 4-93 .Two-person arm carry (alternate).
also contain a wheeled litter, an Army litter, and
both long and short spineboards. Supplies you
may find include the following:
AIRWAYS. Oropharyngeal airways come in
sizes for adults, children, and infants. Their use
was discussed earlier in this chapter. In addition,
padded tongue blades or bite sticks for convulsive
seizures, and tracheotomy tubes for victims with
a tracheotomy will be provided.
ARTIFICIAL VENTILATION DEVICES.
Ambu-Bag (1 or 2) with masks of different sizes
and oxygen enrichment capability.
SUCTION EQUIPMENT. Portable and/or
installed suction equipment for pharyngeal and
tracheotomy suction, with tubes, tips, and col-
OXYGEN SUPPLY. A portable unit with
an extra cylinder and masks of different sizes.
HEMORRHAGE CONTROL. Sterile gauze
pads, battle dressings, soft self-adhering roller
bandages, adhesive tape, safety pins, and bandage
SPLINTING SUPPLIES. Various materials
for upper and lower extremity splints, and
SHOCK CONTROL. Intravenous fluids in
unbreakable containers, and administration kits,
as determined by local directives.
BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING.
Blood pressure cuff and stethoscope.
SPINEBOARD. Long and short for spinal
immobilization, extrication, and as a CPR
Deployed units at sea and in the field and cer-
tain commands near air stations will also have ac-
cess to helicopter
Helicopters are ideal for use in isolated areas but
are of limited practical use at night, in adverse
weather, under certain tactical conditions, or in
developed areas where building and power lines
interfere. In addition to taking these factors into
consideration, the corpsman must decide if the
victims condition is serious enough, or too
serious, to justify a call for the helicopter. Some
injuries require very smooth transportation or are
affected by the pressure changes incurred in flight.
The final decision will be made by the unit com-
mander, who is responsible for requesting the
Field operational units will have access to field
ambulances, jeeps, and gamma-goats for
casualty transportation. They have room for two
to four Army litters and are used for behind the
Care en Route
The emergency care a corpsman can offer pa-
tients en route is limited only by the availability