4-04. POSITION A CASUALTY WITH AN OPEN ABDOMINAL WOUND

After finding an open abdominal wound, position the casualty on his back with his knees raised in a flexed position (figure 4-1).

This position helps to lessen pain, control shock, relieve pressure on the abdominal area by allowing the abdominal muscles to relax, and lessen exposure of abdominal organs.

Figure 4-1. Casualty with an open abdominal wound positioned with his knees flexed.
Figure 4-1. Casualty with an open abdominal wound positioned with his knees flexed.

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