2-19. MARK THE CASUALTY
If a tourniquet has been applied, write the letter "T" on the casualty's forehead
with a pen, the casualty's blood, mud, or other substance. The information may be
written on a piece of tape applied to the casualty's forehead. The "T" alerts medical
personnel in the evacuation vehicle and at the medical treatment facility that a
tourniquet has been applied. If possible, include the time and date that the tourniquet
2-20. CONTINUE YOUR SURVEY AND TREATMENT
Continue to examine the casualty. Treat any other life-threatening conditions
found during the tactical field care phase, including treating the casualty for
hypovolemic shock (Lesson 7).
a. Asses the tourniquet for its appropriateness and effectiveness.
b. Leave the tourniquet exposed. If you cover the casualty to keep him warm,
leave the tourniquet in full view so it can be located quickly by other medical personnel.
c. Apply a splint to the injured limb to help prevent additional injury. Be careful
to avoid hiding the tourniquet.
d. Periodically reexamine the tourniquet to make sure bleeding has not
resumed. If bleeding resumes, tighten the tourniquet.
2-21. DOCUMENT TREATMENT AND EVACUATE THE CASUALTY
a. Initiate a U.S. Field Medical Card (FMC), DD Form 1380. If a tourniquet was
applied, enter "Yes" in Block 21. Include the time and date of application. Record any
other procedures (field and pressure dressings applied, for example) in Block 20.
Instructions for initiating the FMC are given in Subcourse MD0920, Medical Records
and Sick Call Procedures.
b. Evacuate the casualty to a medical treatment facility. Use the wire on the
FMC to attach the original card to the casualty's clothing before evacuating the
casualty. Keep the duplicate (white sheet) in the FMC pad.