Figure 5-1. DD Form 689, Individual Sick Slip.
(1) Take the patient's TPR and blood pressure. Observe the patient and
question him about his complaint. Some of the signs and symptoms that you should try
to observe are listed in paragraph 5-4. The significance of almost any symptom will
change, if it is accompanied by an elevated temperature.
(2) If the patient appears to be acutely ill, notify the physician, physician
assistant (PA), or other designated person immediately.
(3) If you believe the patient has a communicable disease (the patient has
an obvious rash, an elevated temperature, a sore throat, and so forth.), move the
patient to a segregated waiting area rather than allowing him to remain in close
proximity to other patients in the common waiting room.
d. If the patient is to see the medical officer (physician, PA, or nurse
practitioner), give the patient's HRED and Individual Sick Slip to the medical officer.
The medical officer calls each patient in individually, questions and examines him, and
determines what treatment he is to receive. He may treat a patient himself, direct an
assistant to treat the patient, or refer the patient to another MTF.
e. The medical officer enters his comments, including his determination of the
patient's duty status (returned to full duty, RTD with limitations, relieved of duty for "sick
in quarters," or relieved of duties for hospitalization) on the patient's Chronological
Record of Medical Care and the Individual Sick Slip.