(2) Urgent Surgical. Emergency case that should be evacuated within 2
hours to the nearest surgical unit.
(3) Priority. Sick or wounded person requiring prompt medical care and
who should be evacuated within 4 hours or his medical condition could deteriorate to
such a degree that he could become an urgent precedence.
(4) Routine. Sick or wounded person requiring evacuation, but whose
condition is not expected to deteriorate significantly. Should be evacuated within 24
(5) Convenient. Person who is being medically evacuated for medical
convenience rather than necessity.
d. Special Equipment Required (Line 4). Based upon actual evaluation of the
casualties, determine what special equipment, if any, will need. The most common
items for an air ambulance are hoist, Stokes litter, and forest penetrator. Another
common special equipment requirement is a ventilator. This information is required so
that the equipment can be placed on board the air ambulance prior to the start of the
e. Number of Patients by Type (Line 5). Based upon actual evaluation of the
casualties, determine the number of casualties that will evacuated on a litter and the
number of casualties that are able to sit (ambulatory). This information is needed to
determine the appropriate number of air ambulances to be dispatched to the pickup site.
The information is also needed to configure the vehicles to carry the casualties requiring
f. Security of Pickup Site/Number and Type (Line 6).
(1) Wartime operations. In wartime operations, determine whether
proposed pickup site is secure. This information is normally obtained from your unit
leader based upon his evaluation of the situation. The information will help the unit
controlling aeromedical evacuation to determine whether assistance (escort) is required
to accomplish the mission. The situation is categorized as one of the following:
No enemy troops in area.
(b) Possibly enemy troops in area; approach with caution.
Enemy troops in area; approach with caution.
(d) Enemy troops in area; armed escort required.
(2) Peacetime operation. In peacetime, collect information on the types of
wounds (gunshot, shrapnel, and so forth), injuries (fractured leg, snakebite, and so forth), or