Figure 5-6. Tying the tails on the side of the head
(wound on top of head).
APPLY A DRESSING TO A WOUND ON THE CHEEK OR SIDE OF THE
a. Remove the field dressing from its wrappers, grasp a tail in each hand, hold
the dressing in a vertical position with the white sterile side of the dressing toward the
wound, pull the dressing open, and place the dressing pad on the wound (figure 5-7).
b. Place one hand on the dressing to keep it from slipping. If the casualty is
able, you can have him assist by holding the dressing in place.
c. Bring the top (uppermost) tail over the top of the head, down in front of the
ear on the uninjured side, under the chin, up the side of the face, and over the
dressing to a point just above the ear (a full circle). Make sure the tail remains wide
and close to the front of the chin when passing under the chin.
d. Bring the other tail down, under the chin, up the uninjured side in front of the
ear, and over the top of the head until it meets the first tail.
e. Cross the two tails just above the ear on the injured side of the head