f. Ammunition and individual weapons belonging to patients evacuated from the
aid station are collected and disposed of in accordance with command policy. This
policy must provide for the immediate and continual relief of responsibility for those
items to prevent any interference with the patient care mission.
g. Patients evacuated to the rear retain individual equipment as prescribed by
the division SOP. All excess equipment is collected at the aid station and disposed of
as directed by the battalion S4. Individual protective masks will accompany patients
h. Patients requiring dental treatment are evacuated to the supporting divisional
medical company (treatment station), where emergency dental treatment is provided. If
the supporting FSB medical company cannot provide the required treatment, the patient
is further evacuated to the supporting corps level hospital or dental support team
providing area dental support.
i. Patients requiring optometric service report to the battalion aid station. For
those patients requiring only routine duplication of the current spectacle prescription, the
necessary information is obtained from the patient's copy of DD Form 771 (Eye-wear
prescription) or his identification tag cover or his health record (in combat, the health
record is normally in the custody of the personnel officer having responsibility for the
individual's personnel records) and forwarded through medical channels to the
optometry section of the FSB medical company headquarters. Required spectacles will
be fabricated by the optometry section and returned through medical channels to the
battalion aid station and given to the patient. For other than a routine duplication of the
current spectacle prescription, patients are evacuated through medical channels to the
FSB medical optometry section.
4-18. EMPLOYMENT OF THE AID-EVACUATION ELEMENT
a. Evacuation procedures in battalions are dependent upon the number of
ambulances assigned, the type division, type battalion, and availability of air
ambulances. The general principle, however, is to provide ambulance evacuation from
platoon or company locations to the battalion aid station, unless the condition of the
patient requires aeromedical evacuation and bypassing of the aid station.
b. The operation of evacuation elements varies according to the type of unit.
Aid-evacuation teams, which consist of an ambulance driver and an aidman, normally:
(1) Operate as far forward as the TAC situation permits and in accordance
with the evacuation plan of the platoon leader. These teams evacuate patients who
have already been examined and treated by platoon aidmen, but they will also examine,
treat, and evacuate casualties who, in the confusion of battle, may not have been
treated by platoon aidmen. Aid-evacuation teams serve in support of companies, but
they remain under the control of the medical platoon.