d. Systemic. A drop in white blood cells may result in fever and infection.
Lewisite may cause necrosis of the liver.
Malaise ("punk" or weak feeling).
Severe burn from agent.
TREAT A BLISTER AGENT CASUALTY
a. Mask the Casualty. If the casualty is not already masked, tell him to put on
his mask. If the casualty is unable to mask himself, assist him as needed. Do not
secure the hood at this time.
b. Irrigate Eyes, If Needed. If the casualty's eyes have been exposed to liquid
blister agent, have the casualty flush (irrigate) his eyes with water from his canteen
immediately. If the casualty is unable to flush his eyes, perform the action for him using
the steps given below. (The steps assume that both eyes have liquid blister agent
present.) The process must be performed within 2 minutes of exposure in order to be
effective. If possible, quickly move the casualty to a protected area or protect the
casualty with a poncho while irrigating his eyes. Irrigate the casualty's eyes even if toxic
vapors are present in the surrounding atmosphere.
Obtain the casualty's canteen or other source of uncontaminated water.
(2) Position the casualty so you can pour water into his eyes once his mask
is lifted. Tilt his head so one eye is higher than the other.
(3) Tell the casualty to take a deep breath and hold it. Also tell him to close
his mouth and eyes. Closing his mouth and eyes reduces the amount of agent
absorbed through mucous membranes.
Quickly lift the casualty's protective mask.
(5) Tell the casualty to open his lower eye. Do not hold the casualty's eyelid
open with your gloved hand since your glove is contaminated. If the casualty opens
both eyes instead of one, continue with the irrigation.