Figure 4-80.Blanket used as an improvised stretcher.
around the casualty mummy-fashion, it gives suf-
ficient support for a vertical lift (fig. 4-79). A
guideline is tied to the bottom ring to keep the
casualty from swaying against bulkheads and
hatchways while being lifted.
Figure 4-81.Improvised stretcher using blankets and poles.
Stretchers of this type can be made on board
ship and kept in appropriate places ready for use.
If a Neil Robertson stretcher is not available when
needed, a piece of heavy canvas, wrapped firmly
around the casualty, will serve somewhat the same
purpose. Periodically check your ships Neil
Robertson stretchers for dry rot or other damaged
caused by humidity, sea water, or handling.
IMPROVISED STRETCHERS. Standard
stretchers should be used whenever possible to
transport a seriously injured person. If none are
available, it may be necessary for you to im-
provise. Shutters, doors, boards, and even lad-
ders may be used as stretchers. All stretchers of
this kind must be very well padded and great care
must be taken to see that the casualty is fastened
securely in place.
Sometimes a blanket may be used as a
stretcher, as shown in figure 4-80. The casualty
is placed in the middle of the blanket in the supine
position. Three or four people kneel on each side
and roll the edges of the blanket toward the
casualty, as shown in figure 4-80A. When the
rolled edges are tight and large enough to grasp
securely, the casualty should be lifted and carried
as shown in figure 4-80B.
Stretchers may also be improvised by using
two long poles (about 7 feet long) and strong
cloth, such as a rug, a blanket, a sheet, a mat-
tress cover, two or three gunny sacks, or two
coats. Figure 4-81 shows an improvised stretcher
made from two poles and a blanket.