6-24. DRESS THE BURNED AREAS
a. Skin. After the chemicals have been removed from the casualty's skin,
apply dry, sterile dressings over the burned areas with the exceptions listed below. Do
not break any blisters or apply any ointment.
Do not place dressings over burns of the face or genitalia.
(2) If white phosphorus particles are still present, cover the burn with a
moist cloth, mud, or other substance that will keep the white phosphorus from having
contact with the air.
b. Eye(s). If chemicals have been flushed from an eye, cover the eye with a
clean, sterile dressing.
6-25. TREAT FOR SHOCK, IF NEEDED, AND EVACUATE THE CASUALTY
If signs and symptoms of hypovolemic shock are present, initiate an
intravenous infusion and take necessary measures to control shock. Evacuate the
casualty to a medical treatment facility.
Section V. TREATING RADIANT ENERGY BURNS
6-26. IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF THE RADIANT ENERGY BURN
Radiant energy injuries are caused by bright, visible light (such as lasers and
electric welding arcs) or by forms of light energy that are not visible (such as ultraviolet
and infrared light). Sunburn is a type of radiant energy burn caused by exposure to
also a type of radiant energy. The primary danger of radiant energy is damage to the
a. Laser Beam. A laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation)
beam may be visible or invisible, depending upon the frequency of the beam. Laser
devices include range finders, target designators, and weapon guidance systems
(SMART missiles and bombs). Lasers are also used in communications centers and
in weapons simulation training, such as MILES (multiple integrated laser engagement
system). The primary danger is to the eye since the eye focuses and concentrates
whatever light enters the eye. Lasers can cause temporary or permanent damage to
one or both eyes. Minor interference with vision can reduce the casualty's ability to
aim his weapon, drive his vehicle, or read a map. Some laser devices may be
powerful enough to produce burns on exposed skin. Signs and symptoms of laser
injury include the following.