Section II. DRESSING A LITTER
3-15. PURPOSE OF THE DRESSING
When possible, a litter should be dressed with one or more blankets to provide
warmth, reduce the danger of shock to the casualty, and provide additional padding.
The number of blankets used will depend upon the weather, the condition of the
casualty, and the number of blankets available. Blankets should always be smoothed,
neat, and free of wrinkles. No part of the blanket should overhang the litter. In a
nuclear, biological, or chemical (NBC) environment, use an impermeable cover (such as
a rubber poncho) to dress the litter in addition to using blankets if a Chemical Patient
Protective Wrap is not available. The impermeable cover provides additional protection
against contaminants when placed over the casualty. The procedures for dressing the
litter with one, two, or three blankets is given in the following paragraphs.
3-16. ONE-BLANKET DRESSING
The one-blanket dressing provides a padding of one blanket layer under the
casualty and two layers over the casualty.
a. Place the blanket diagonally across the litter (figure 3-13 A).
b. Place the casualty on the blanket.
c. Bring one side of the blanket over the casualty and tuck in excess material.
d. Bring the other side over the casualty and tuck.
e. Bring the excess blanket at the foot of the litter over his feet and tuck in the
material (figure 3-13 B).
Figure 3-13. Litter dressed with one blanket.