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  • c.

    Functions. The functions of an aid station are-

    • (1)

      Receiving and recording casualties.

    • (2)

      Examining and sorting casualties and re-

turning the fit to duty.

(3) Dressing or redressing the wounded (treat- ment limited to that necessary to save life or limb and to prepare patients for evacuation for short distances), and administering narcotics, blood plas- ma, and prophylactic toxoids.

  • (4)

    Furnishing venereal prophylaxis.

  • (5)

    Furnishing prophylaxis and treating men

suffering from shock and exhaustion with hot food and drinks.

(6) Providing temporary shelter for casualties, when practicable.

(7) Transferring evacuees from the aid station to the supporting medical echelon (usually to am- bulances or litter bearers of a collecting company).

d. Procedure, arrangement, and equipment. For aid station operating procedure, see paragraphs 41 to 45 inclusive, and FM 8-10. For a type arrange- ment, see FM 8-10. For aid station equipment, see Table of Equipment.

  • 39.

    MEDICAL SERVICE DURING ROUTE MARCH.

    • a.

      During marches, the regimental surgeon accom-

panies regimental headquarters. The headquarters section usually marches with that part of the regi- mental trains accompanying the combat units.

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