Infantry Drills

7-81: + Casualty Care

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7-81. When combat begins and casualties occur, the platoon first must provide + aid to those WIA. + Casualty care is provided by combat medics who are assisted by nonmedical personnel performing first aid procedures to alleviate potential life-threatening situations and ensure maximum survivability on the battlefield. + This support is most commonly provided by enlisted personnel and includes first aid (self-aid/buddy aid), enhanced first aid (by the CLS), and EMT (platoon medic). Casualties are cared for at the point of injury or under nearby cover and concealment.

7-82. The tactical situation will determine how quickly fellow Soldiers can + provide aid for wounded Soldiers. Understandably, fewer casualties occur if Soldiers focus on destroying or neutralizing the enemy causing the casualties. This is a critical situation discussed and rehearsed by the squads and platoons prior to executing a mission.

7-83. During the fight, casualties should remain under cover. As soon as the situation allows, squad leaders arrange for casualty evacuation to the platoon CCP. The platoon normally sets up the CCP in a covered and concealed location to the rear of the platoon position. At the CCP, the platoon medic conducts triage on all casualties, takes steps to stabilize their conditions, and starts the process of moving them to the rear for advanced treatment.

7-84. Before the platoon evacuates casualties to the CCP or beyond, leaders should remove all essential operational items and equipment from each person. Removal should include an automated network control device, GPS maps, position-locating devices, and laser pointers. Every unit should establish an SOP for handling the weapons and ammunition of its WIA.

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