Buddy care - UNITAF Force Manual (FM)


Group

Buddy care
The FM outlines our core skills, policies and guides to ensure every member stands ready for the mission ahead.



Guide
FM/BG-431 - Step 1: Report
Guide
  • As soon as a person is wounded, you should immediately inform your Chain of Command about the incident and the casualty.
  • Provide a brief report that includes the number of casualties and the location, which will help in planning an immediate medical response.
  • Use clear and concise communication to ensure the message is understood.
Guide
FM/BG-430 - Step 2: Secure
Guide
  • Prioritise safety by first winning the firefight to reduce further risk to yourself and the casualty.
  • If the situation is too dangerous to administer first aid on the spot, use the ace interaction to drag or carry the casualty to a safer location, such as behind cover or a concealed area away from immediate threat.
Guide
FM/BG-432 - Step 3: Immediate Treatment (B.A.B.E)
Guide

Bleeding

  • Quickly apply tourniquets to bleeding limbs or bandages if no other areas are wounded. 
  • Aim for this to take no longer than 30 seconds. 
  • If there's significant blood loss, call for advanced medical help.

Airway: Check the airway in the medical menu. 

  • If occluded, turn the head until it's clear. 
  • If obstructed, hyperextend the head within 2 meters to maintain clearance.

Beating Heart:

  • Check pulse
  • If there's no heart rate
    • Perform CPR for two minutes by selecting it when the chest is highlighted. 
    • Re-check the pulse afterward.

Evacuation

  • Move the casualty to a Casualty Collection Point (CCP) for medical personnel to take over.
An infographic summarizing first aid procedures for bleeding control, airway management, resuscitation, and casualty evacuation, with specific instructions for severe blood loss and shock treatment.

Above: An infographic summarizing first aid procedures for bleeding control, airway management, resuscitation, and casualty evacuation, with specific instructions for severe blood loss and shock treatment.

Guide
FM/BG-433 - Step 4: Treat Other Injuries
Guide

After addressing life-threatening bleeding and airway issues, assess the casualty for other injuries.

  • Start with untreated wounds on the head and chest. 
    • Bandage these areas thoroughly because you can't use tourniquets here, and injuries to these regions can be critical.
  • Move on to limbs with the least severe wounds. 
    • This helps to stabilise the casualty but also streamlines the process for incoming medical personnel.
  • After bandaging, if you identify any broken limbs, apply splints.
Guide
FM/BG-434 - Step 5: Monitor
Guide

Continue to monitor the casualty's condition by regularly checking their breathing, bleeding, and consciousness.

  • Repeat the treatments from Steps 3 and 4 as necessary this includes;
    • checking and reapplying bandages
    • ensuring airways remain clear
    • monitoring for signs of circulation.
  • Stay with the casualty until they regain consciousness or until medical personnel arrive. 
  • Provide updates to medical personnel upon their arrival and assist as directed.

If you are instructed by medical personnel or your duties require you to rejoin your unit, ensure that the casualty is left in capable hands before departing.

Skill
FM/BS-167 - Give first aid to an unconscious patient
Skill

When giving first aid to a patient, follow the following steps:

  • Minimize long term blood loss in 30 seconds or less (time it takes to apply 4 tourniquets or 3 bandages)
    • if unsure, tourniquet wounded limbs
  • Manage the airway
  • Perform further treatment as needed

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