U. S. FIELD MEDICAL CARD (FMC)
Section I. INTRODUCTION
a. The U. S. Field Medical Card (FMC) is primarily a medical record used in
combat that provides a means to record data similar to that recorded on the Inpatient
Treatment Record Cover Sheet. The first medical person attending a casualty/patient
initiates the DD Form 1380 (U.S. Field Medical Card). The FMC goes with the casualty,
living or dead, to the MTF, or to the interment.
b. The purpose of the FMC is to provide the medical officer with information as
to the character of a patient's disease or injury and the treatment administered. It is a
source of information on the incidence, nature, and after effect of diseases and injuries.
This information can be used to aid in evaluating the quality and effectiveness of
measures to prevent illness or injury, maintain health, and provide care and treatment
for the ill and injured.
The glossary at the back of this subcourse contain the definitions of words and
phrases required in the preparation of a FMC and other medical records. Study the
following terms and their definitions:
Carded for Record Only (CRO).
Died of Wounds Received in Action (DOW).
Direct Admission (Dir Adm).
Existed Prior to Service (EPTS).
Family Member Prefix (FMP).
Individual Patient Data System (IPDS).
Killed in Action (KIA).
Wounded in Action (WIA).