|Disaster Rescue - Australian Emergency Manual (Natural Disaster Organization, 183 p.)|
|CHAPTER FIVE - CASUALTY HANDLING|
|Preparing the Folding or Pole Stretcher|
5.4 Blanketing The Stretcher
Before a casualty is placed on a stretcher, it should be covered with a blanket so that no contact is made with the canvas bed portion. This adds to comfort, keeps the casualty warm and to a large degree helps immobilise any fractures that may have been sustained. Depending on the weather and on the supply of available blankets, one or two blankets can be used. In very warm weather a cotton bed sheet or sheets may be used.