Accessible evacuation routes to front and rear.
(9) Avoidance of locating near likely target areas such as bridges, fords,
important road junctions, firing positions, supply facilities and reserve forces whenever
(10) Location and availability of open areas suitable for landing air
(11) Availability of accessible communication means.
c. At the aid station, patients requiring further evacuation to the rear are given
necessary emergency medical treatment and prepared for evacuation. Constant efforts
are made to prevent unnecessary evacuation. Patients with minor wounds or illnesses
are treated and returned to duty as soon as possible. Other functions of the battalion
aid station include:
Receiving and recording patients.
Decontaminating and treating patients affected by contaminating agents.
(4) Notifying the battalion S1 of all patients processed and evacuated
through the aid station, giving identification and disposition as required by unit SOP.
Preparing field medical cards and forms as required.
(6) Reviewing all information contained on the field medical cards of
patients received at the aid station.
(7) Requesting and monitoring the evacuation of battalion patients
(including aeromedical evacuation).
d. Surface evacuation from the aid station is normally performed by the
ambulance platoon of the supporting medical company of the division.
e. Since the aid station element is not staffed and equipped to provide patient
holding and because it must be capable of moving on short notice, any effort to hold
patients must be no longer than the time it takes for the evacuation vehicle to pick them
up or the time necessary to return the patient to duty before the next displacement.
Only those emergency medical procedures that contribute to initial resuscitation and the
preservation of life or limb and which enable a patient to survive en route to the next
treatment facility are performed in an aid station.