(1) Place the casualty's contaminated clothing in a bag and put it in a
contaminated disposal container.
(2) Rinse the dirty litter with 5 percent decontamination solution and place it
in a dirty litter storage area.
Before obtaining another casualty, the clothing removal team
should rinse their gloves and aprons in a 5 percent decontamination
solution and drink enough water to compensate for the heat
3-14. REMOVE FIELD DRESSINGS AND BANDAGES
a. Cutoff Clothing.
Carefully cut off dressings and bandages.
: Medical personnel should
to the fact that removing dressings
disturb the clotting mechanism and result in the re- occurrence of bleeding. This is
particularly important when multiple dressings are removed.
Cut off any remaining clothing that was covered by the dressings and
b. Decontaminate Skin.
(1) Decontaminate the exposed areas of skin with the 0.5 percent calcium
(2) Irrigate the wound with water, saline, or 0.5 percent calcium hypochlorite
solution if the wound is suspected to be contaminated.
Remove pieces of contaminated clothing or debris that may be lodged in
NOTE: Bandages are not replaced unless there is a critical medical need, such as to
control bleeding. Bandages are replaced when the casualty is in the clean
(uncontaminated) treatment area.
Place all removed dressings and clothing in a contaminated disposal
3-15. REPLACE ANY TOURNIQUETS
NOTE: This step must be performed by medical personnel.