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ROYAL AIR FORCE. COMMON CORE AND DEPLOYMENT SKILLS AIDE-MEMOIRE

YOUR ACTIONS

◉ Lie the casualty down.

◉ Reassure the casualty and keep them calm and still.

◉ Wash the wound.

◉ Wipe or pat the wound dry with clean swabs.

◉ Immobilise the injury.

◉ Lightly compress the limb above the injury with a roller bandage.

◉ If the casualty stops breathing be prepared to resuscitate.

◉ Arrange evacuation to medical aid.

POISONING

YOUR AIMS

◉ Maintain airway, breathing, circulation.

◉ Attempt to discover cause.

◉ Remove any contaminated clothing.

◉ Arrange urgent evacuation to medical aid.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

◉ Evidence, such as containers, vomit, tablets and smells.

◉ Casualty may be delirious.

◉ Possible difficulty in breathing.

◉ Unconsciousness may develop.

◉ Retching, vomiting or diarrhoea.

◉ Bums may be present.

GENERAL ACTIONS

Conscious Casualty:

◉ Ask casualty what happened.

◉ Beware of contamination.

◉ DO NOT induce vomiting.

◉ Place the casualty in the recovery position.

◉ Get medical aid immediately.

Unconscious Casualty:

◉ Beware of contamination.

◉ Carry out ABC of resuscitation.

◉ Place in recovery position.

◉ Evacuate urgently to medical aid.

TRANSPORTATION OF CASUALTIES

The comfort, safety and well-being of the casualty are amongst your primary considerations and you must make sure that the casualty's condition will not be made worse by careless handling or movement.

◉ STRETCHERS

Do not use your hands to open the stretcher runners. They bite! Use your feet to kick them open.

◉ THE DRAG METHOD

The drag method involves pulling the casualty along the ground without lifting. It should only be used where a casualty is unable to stand and must be moved quickly from a source of danger.

◉ THE TWO-HANDED SEAT LIFT

The two-handed seat method is used to carry a casualty who is unable to assist the bearers.

◉ THE FORE-AND-AFT CARRY

The fore-and-aft carry is used to move a casualty to a stretcher or carry-chair.


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