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Two Blanket Method (Figure 5:3)

5.5 Two Blanket Method (Figure 5:3)

(a) Lay one open blanket length-ways across the stretcher, level with the head end with about one quarter of the blanket on one side of the stretcher and one half on the other. (Figure 5:3a)

(b) A second blanket is placed with its centre in the middle of the stretcher and its head about 400mm from the top. The sides are then folded into the centre and out at the foot. (Figure 5:3b)

(c) The casualty is placed on the stretcher with the head level with the top of the canvas.

(d) Blanketing is commenced by taking the centre of the second blanket in between the ankles of the casualty (to prevent chafing) and crossing the end points of this blanket over the legs and tucking them in. These points should be taken up between the knees if possible to prevent chafing.

(e) The short side of the first blanket is taken over the body of the casualty and if possible, tucked in.

(f) The final operation is to tuck the long side of the first blanket on the opposite side of the stretcher. (Figure 5:3c)

Fig 5:3 Double blanket method

In both steps (e) and (f), the tips of the blanket should be folded in so as not to obscure the casualty's face. If operating in a wet or contaminated area, it is advisable to concertina the ends of the first blanket down the sides of the stretcher before the second blanket is placed in position. This keeps it clear of the ground and it can be easily pulled out when required.