Accession Number:

ADA433835

Title:

Marine Corps CASEVAC: Determining Medical Supply Needs for Long- and Short-Range Airborne Casualty Evacuation

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Report Date:

2004-11-17

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Historically, Marine Corps casualty evacuation CASEVAC missions have been lifts of opportunity, in which wounded were evacuated by any available rotor-wing aircraft, regardless of whether it carried medically trained personnel. In recent years, the Marine Corps adopted a designated CASEVAC system in which certain aircraft are assigned casualty evacuation as one of their missions and are crewed by at least one field-qualified corpsman. However, the equipping and training of these corpsmen is currently done on an ad hoc basis, and differs from unit to unit. In 2003, the Naval Health Research Center NHRC was tasked with analyzing and identifying the medical supply requirements for a long-range CASEVAC capability for the Marine Corps. Thirty-one generic CASEVAC patient types were developed from the Defense Medical Standardization Boards list of patient conditions. Treatment profiles were written for each patient type and medical supplies were assigned to each task in the treatment profiles, establishing the clinical requirements for the CASEVAC supply blocks. A statement of need SON for a CASEVAC capability was written, based on the NHRC findings. The NHRC CASEVAC supplies and the SON were reviewed and modified as needed by an Integrated Product Team consisting of senior CASEVAC corpsmen and medical directors. The NHRC study and subsequent expert review have provided the Marine Corps with the medical supplies needed to properly augment its designated CASEVAC aircraft in Iraq and elsewhere.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE