Figure 13-2.Battle dressings.
contamination, and to prevent further injury to the
When the dressing is in place, treat the casualty for
shock and complete the U.S. Field Medical Card, DD
Form 1380. In cases of severe hemorrhage, do not
worry about the dangers of infection. Although the
prevention of infection is important, your main
concern is to stop the flow of blood. If there is no
material available, simply thrust your hand over the
Figure 13-3.Direct pressure to control bleeding and
application of a roller bandage.
ELEVATION.Elevating or raising an injured
limb above the level of the heart will help to control
bleeding. Elevation should be used together with direct
pressure (fig. 13-4). If you suspect a fracture, do not
elevate a limb until the fracture has been splinted and
you can be reasonably certain that elevation will cause
no further injury. Use a stable object to maintain
PRESSURE POINTS.If direct pressure and
elevation fail to control serious external bleeding, try
to control it by applying pressure to the appropriate
Figure 13-4.Combination of direct pressure and elevation.