This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
To meet the needs of the Army for a litter in which the patient can be made secure and in which traction can be provided, this method has been designed:
The patient is placed on his back on the litter, and is moved upward until his head is off the canvas.
The litter sling is shortened at the head of the litter by sliding the buckle about 15 inches. This sling is then passed over the right shoulder, down through the right axilla, across under the back, up through the left axilla, over the left shoulder, and the end loop of the sling is slipped over the left handle of the litter.
The patient's waist belt (regulation length) is fastened fairly tight around his waist and forearms. If he is delirious the belt is passed through a slit cut in each sleeve of the blouse.
The patient is moved downward
LEMON AE. IMMOBILIZATION OF PATIENT ON STANDARD ARMY LITTERA METHOD OF SECURING THIS AND TRACTION ON BOTH LEGS WITHOUT ANY EXTRA APPARATUS EXCEPT THE PATIENT'S WAIST BELT. JAMA. 1918;71(7):531. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.26020330001011