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At the same time, if the throat has begun to show signs of being involved, a hot poultice or wet pack is applied to the neck.
When the patient is very restless, so that cradling is impossible, a wet pack may be employed, a sheet wrung out of cold water being wrapped round him, and over this a blanket.
The squared-off point avoids ricochets to a certain extent and increases penetration in wet pack - for reasons which are unclear to me.