4-10. REINFORCE DRESSING, IF NEEDED
Muslin bandages or improvised bandages made from strips torn from a T-shirt,
blanket, or poncho may be applied over the dressings to add reinforcement. Make sure
the reinforcing materials do not place undue pressure on the casualty's wound or on any
protruding organs. Tie the reinforcing bandages at the casualty's side, but on the
opposite side from the knot securing the dressing. Figure 4-2 shows reinforcing materials
applied to an abdominal wound.
Figure 4-2. Reinforcing materials applied to an open abdominal wound.
4-11. MONITOR A CASUALTY WITH AN OPEN ABDOMINAL WOUND
a. Keep the casualty in the knees-up position.
b. Do not give the casualty anything to eat or drink. If the casualty complains of
thirst, moisten his lips with a damp cloth.
c. Administer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if the casualty stops breathing.
d. Record treatment on a U.S. Field Medical Card and attach the card to the
e. Evacuate the casualty.
f. Check the casualty's vital signs at least every 15 minutes if evacuation is
g. If you must leave the casualty, turn his head to one side. This will help
promote drainage and help prevent choking should he vomit. Tell him to stay on his back
and keep his knees up.