GENERAL - Continued.
b. Ambulatory patients not requiring assistance will enter through the ambulatory airlock. All other
patients will be placed on a litter to enter the CBPS.
c. All personnel, equipment or supplies will be monitored by the CAM/ICAM before entering the CBPS.
d. Personnel and equipment entering the CBPS will be restricted. Communicating with someone
outside the CBPS may be accomplished by passing messages through the airlock or using field radios
e. Only mission essential equipment is allowed inside the CBPS. All contaminated equipment must be
decontaminated before entering. Not all materials can be decontaminated. Items such as blankets or
textiles absorb vapors from the air and can not be decontaminated easily. Do not take them into the
f. When entering the litter airlock, always allow three minutes dwell time for getting rid of
contaminants. Allow three minutes in the ambulatory airlock. If the outer airlock door is opened
during this purging period, the dwell time must start over from the beginning.
g. Litters in the decontamination area are either `clean' or `dirty'. Dirty litters carry patients to the
decontamination station. They are also used to transfer patients in a litter exchange. Only litters
that can be decontaminated will carry patients into the CBPS. Litter status is determined by
Section II. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
Equipment for the decontamination process is listed in FM 4-02.4 and FM 4-02.7. Special items required for
entry into the CBPS are as follows:
Decontaminable litters are made of a non-absorptive mesh material. If a patient arrives on a canvas litter,
they must be transferred to a decontaminable litter. After decontamination, these litters are used to carry
patients into the CBPS. Mark clean litters with a ring of red tape on the handle.
4.4 CHEMICAL AGENT MONITOR (CAM) (NSN 6665-01-199-4153)/Improved Chemical Agent Monitor
A CAM/ICAM is used in the CBPS airlocks to monitor personnel, equipment and supplies for contamination.
It is not used outside the decontamination area to detect clean or contaminated patients. Only the M8
detector paper is used outside the CBPS.
M8 detector paper is used to determine if there is liquid chemical agent on ambulatory patients before they
enter the CBPS.
4.6 CHLORINE SOLUTION.
A container of 0.5% chlorine solution and sponges are used inside the CBPS for decontaminating any areas
found during CAM/ICAM monitoring that require further decontamination. General purpose detergent
M1A1 waterproofing bags store patients' masks that have been removed inside the airlocks or CBPS. Trash
bags can be used to contain masks if the M1A1 bags are not available.
4.8 LARGE PLASTIC BAGS.
These trash bags are used to contain and/or dispose of garments and other discarded supplies during entry
or exit. A supply must be available in the Air Beam Shelter (ABS) and the ambulatory airlock.