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Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 05:26
I presume these are correct for the Gas Casualties kit?
Re: Rubber gloves
Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 08:08
Hi Robin - I would agree those are the gloves for the M2 gas casualty kit. Another good find!
Re: Rubber gloves
Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 22:55
Speaking of "Gas Casualty Set, M-2", here's a transcript of the "Bulletin of the USMD" (June 1944 - N°78) that announces its availability (It was already listed in the March 1944 catalog !):
"THE NEW GAS CASUALTY SET
The need for a lightweight unit and the development of better methods of treating gas casualties have led to the development of a new Gas Casualty Set, M-2, which is now in production and already has been distributed to some units in the field. The set (Med. Dept. Item No. 97756) is made up of the new Gas Casualty Treatment Kit and two inserts containing three impermeable aprons and three pairs of impermeable gloves. The set weighs about 45 pounds and may be carried on the back of the soldier.
The basic unit of this equipment is the Kit, Treatment, Gas Casualty (Med. Dept. Item No. 97767) which is an expendable item resembling in appearance a small suitcase and weighing 17 pounds. The kit may be carried by hand or as part of the Set, Gas Casualty, M-2, on the back of the soldier. The old Gas Casualty Chest weighed 160 pounds.
The contents of one Kit, Treatment, Gas Casualty, are believed sufficient to care for the chemical casualties of one infantry battalion for one day of active chemical warfare. The kit is made of plywood and has a rubber gasket lining the seam between the lid and the body. On the inside of the lid is a graphic representation of the contents of the kit, showing where each item belongs, and a booklet entitled, "Notes on Treatment of Casualties from Chemical Agents," which gives also the symptoms, pathology, and diagnosis of these cases. Attached also to the inside of the lid is a packet of discs containing flourescein and atropine tablets for the diagnosis and treatment of eye conditions.
The body of the kit has five compartments. For decontamination of the blister gases there are four tubes of M-4 Protective Ointment. For specific decontamination of the arsenical blister gases there are twelve tubes of BAL ointment and two bottles of BAL eye solution. Two bars of soap are present to aid in decontamination. To help relieve symptoms of burning, pain, and itching following exposure to blister gases, three cans of amyl salicylate solution are available in one of the compartments. For local treatment of burned areas due to blister gases, there are twenty-eight tubes of petrolatum. To help prevent or treat infection in burns, there are eight packages of 7.7-grain sulfadiazine tablets with eight tablets in each package.
There are also materials available for making a solution of calamine lotion with 1 percent phenol. There are four tubes of calamine concentrate, one of which is squeezed into a plastic bottle. Water is added to make the solution. This may be used for symptomatic treatment of itching skin due to blister
To treat or prevent eye infections following injury by the blister gases, local instillation of sodium sulamyd should be carried out. This solution can be made up by mixing with water a packet of powdered sodium sulamyd (there are 25 such packets in the kit) in the 1-ounce drop-per bottle provided.
For emergency treatment in contaminations by white phosphorus, a 5 percent copper sulfate solution is available and a bottle of copper sulfate powder to make up more solution as needed. Included is a forceps for the removal of particles of white phosphorus.
There are two bottles of chloroform for frequent inhalations to relieve the symptoms produced by gases (irritant smokes) which cause vomiting. This treatment gives more relief than do inhalations of chlorine from a bleach powder bottle as formerly recommended. For congestion of the eyes or nose, due to gases, the instillation of "eye and nose drops" is recommended, and for such treatment four bottles of the solution (Med. Dept. Item No. 91091 are available.
The kit contains also 40 ampules of amyl nitrite for inhalation to combat the effects of hydrocyanic acid or cyanogens chloride.
The next item to be mentioned may seem complicated, but it is quite simple when the book of directions is followed. This item is the Kit, Water Testing, Screening, and its purpose is to provide small units with a simple device for screening out sources of water so contaminated with chemical agents that they cannot be made potable by the usual field treatment methods, such as chlorination in the Lyster bag.
The basis of issue of the Kit, Treatment, Gas Casualty, is as follows: (Outside continental United States when authorized by the theater of operations
2 per convalescent hospital; station hospital 25-450 bed inclusive; collecting company (troop).
3 per airborne medical company.
4 per general hospital; station hospital 500-900 bed inclusive; clearing company (troop); armored medical company; medical company, light division, evacuation hospital, semimobile; evacuation hospital.
12 per field hospital; auxiliary surgical group.
18 per medical battalion, engineer special brigade.
26 per medical gas treatment battalion.
The Set, Gas Casualty, M-2, is issued on the following basis: (Outside continental United States when authorized by theater of operations commander)
1 per headquarters section, battalion section, divisional or nondivisional medical detachment; evacuation squadron, photographic squadron, reconnaissance squadron, or independent units having squadron aid equipment; medical detachment, commands, wing and Air Forces; medical dispensary aviation.
2 per portable surgical hospital.
3 per group, bomber, fighter, and troop carrier.
1 per training battalion, medical replacement training center.
Other units which have better transportation facilities are issued the Kit, Treatment, Gas Casualty (Med. Dept. Item No. 97767) and the Gas Casualty Case, Aprons and Gloves (Med. Dept. Item No. 97758), the latter of which consists of 20 impermeable aprons and 20 pairs of impermeable gloves in a small blanket set case.
Beautiful item Robin, lucky man !
Re: Rubber gloves
Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 06:10
Thanks for the info Fred. That's a great description of the kit.