apply any more pressure than is necessary to hold the compress in position. Large battle dressings are ideal.
Figure 4-47.Protruding abdominal wounds.
Figure 4-48.Applying compresses to a protruding abdominal wound.
4. Treat for shock, but do not waste any time doing it. The victim must be transported to a hospital at the earliest possible oportunity. However, you can minimize the severity of shock by making sure that the victim is comfortably warm and kept in the supine position. DO NOT GIVE ANYTHING TO DRINK. If the victim is thirsty, moisten the mouth with a small amount of water but do not allow any liquid to be swallowed.