will be the danger of spreading the chemical to other personnel and equipment.
In general, the following order of priority for first aid and decontaminating casualties is recommended:
1. Control of massive hemorrhage
2. First aid for life-threatening shock and wounds
3. Decontamination of exposed skin and eyes
4. Removal of contaminated clothing and decontamination of body surfaces if not in a toxic environment
5. Adjustment of patients mask, if a mask is necessary
6. First aid for less severe shock and wounds
The basic plan for sorting and handling casualties is indicated in figure 6-1. This plan should be modified to fit specific needs. In general, the decontamination station, or dirty area, receives casualties contaminated with a chemical agent. The arrangement of this area will vary with the site of the medical unit and the facilities available for decontami- nation.
All ships of the force will have at least two decontamination stations, insofar as the hull design permits. The dirty areas should be topside or in some well-ventilated space. Person- nel manning these areas should be provided with protective equipment.
In the dirty area casualties will be de- contaminated, undressed, showered, and passed along to clean areas. Both areas should be clearly