b. A senior aidman routes casualties that need to be treated for life-threatening
injuries to the emergency treatment area where they are treated and stabilized by a
c. After treatment and stabilization, casualties are routed to the clothing removal
ROUTE CASUALTIES THROUGH THE CLOTHING REMOVAL AREA
a. There should be a minimum of eight nonmedical augmentees furnished by
the supported unit under the direct supervision of medical personnel. An aidman will
supervise the clothing removal area.
b. The augmentees remove everything from the casualty except the protective
mask and medical items (dressings, bandages, splints, and tourniquets).
ROUTE CASUALTIES THROUGH THE SKIN DECONTAMINATION AREA
a. The nonmedical augmentees will perform skin decontamination under the
supervision of an aidman.
b. Medical personnel check and cut around medical items such as dressings,
splints, and tourniquets.
ROUTE CASUALTIES THROUGH THE SHUFFLE PIT
a. After the patient's clothing has been cut away and his skin decontaminated,
two members of the decontamination team move the patient's litter to the shuffle pit and
place the litter upon the litter stands. The shuffle pit is wide enough to prevent
members of the patient decontamination team from straddling it while carrying the litter.
A third member of the decontamination team assists with transferring the patient to a
clean treatment litter in the shuffle pit.
NOTE: The shuffle pit is the only point of entry to the clean, treatment areas. The hot
line separates the contaminated area from the clean area.
b. Personnel from the clean side of the hot line and the third augmentee from
the decontamination team transfer the patient to the clean litter.
c. A person from the clean side of the hot line copies the casualty's field medical
card. A member of the skin decontamination teams disposes of the old (contaminated)
d. Personnel from the clean side of the hot line remove the casualty from the
shuffle pit into the clean waiting/treatment area.