Office of the Surgeon
Camp Atterbury, Indiana
|The success of this short intense course for litter
bearers depends on the thorough knowledge and careful preparation of
subject material by each instructor and carefully trained demonstration
The lectures, conferences, and demonstrations will be prepared using the following outline for each subject.
a. Importance of chain of evacuation
b. Establishing and maintaining liaison.
(1) Company Aid in Aid Station
(2) Aid Station in Collection Station
c. Time in carrying messages.
d. Searching the field for patients
e. Knowledge of tactical situation
f. Length of litter hauls, average and extreme
g. Immunity to rifle fire
h. Functions of Officer and NCO's litter bearer platoon
i. Importance of map reading
j. Orientation at night.
2. ORGANIZATIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
a. Component parts of litter.
b. Contents of pouches and pockets.
c. Method of carrying pouches when hauling litters.
d. Use of litter carrying straps.
e. Use of litter securing strap.
3. LITTER DRILL
a. Program of litter drill.
b. Steps in litter drill.
4. PREPARATION OF CASUALIIES FOR TRANSPORTATION.
b. Importance of XXXXXXXX methods.
c. Demonstration of preparation for movement
(1) Head, neck, back, chest, abdominal injuries.
(2) Unconscious patients.
(3) Post-operative patients
(4) PXXXXXX patients.
5. LOADING OF LITTERS
6. LITTER CARRIES OVER OBSTACLES.
a. Mountainous terrain.
d. Obstacles, fences, bridges, etc.
7. LITTER RELAY POSTS
a. Use - When and how
b. Demonstration and application.
8. WHEELED LITTER
a. Use - When and how.
c. Demonstration and application.
9. IMPROVISED CARRIES, SPLINTS, AND LITTERS
a. Supporting, arms, saddleback, packsaddle, fireman's carry.
b. Improvised litters: rifles and overcoat, blouse, blanket, field jacket; poles.
10. ARMY LEG SPLINT
a. Demonstration and application.
b. Common errors in applications.
11. AMBULANCE LOADING
a. Demonstration and application
b. Common errors
12. EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT
f. Gas casualties
For the Surgeon:
JAMES R. KIETT
1st Lt., Med Adm C
|Contributed by John D. Bowen, National Archives Researcher|
Page last revised
James D. West