a. Components. The Stokes metal litter consists of:
A steel, tubular frame.
A bed of wire mesh netting.
Wooden slats for supporting the casualty's back.
Webbing securing straps.
b. Dimensions. The litter is almost 85 inches in length, 23.5 inches in width,
and slightly more than 7 inches in height. The litter weights about 42.5 pounds.
The SKED litter (figure 3-8) is a compact and lightweight transport system used
to evacuate a patient over land. This system can be used to rescue a patient in the
water with the SKED Flotation system. It can also be rigged for hoist extraction by
Figure 3-8. SKED litter.
IMPROVISED POLE AND PONCHO LITTER
An improvised litter can be made using two tent poles and a poncho. Variations
of this litter include using straight tree limbs or similar rigid objects for the poles and/or
using a blanket instead of a poncho. When the casualty is placed on the litter, his
weight holds the litter together.
a. Open the poncho and lay it flat on the ground.
b. Lay two poles across the poncho so the poncho is divided into thirds
(figure 3-9 A).