CARDED FOR RECORD ONLY (CRO) - A term which applies to those special cases for
which a medical record is required to be prepared in essentially the same manner as for
an admission, although no admission has actually occurred. Subcourse MDO753 provides
DENTAC - U.S. Army Dental Activity. A dental treatment organization which provides
professional care and services; supervises the preventive dentistry program, conducts
education programs, and supervises clinical investigations and research and development
activities when needed.
DIAGNOSIS (Dg) - A determination of the nature of a disease or injury based on signs,
symptoms, and laboratory findings. A disease or injury requiring treatment or observation
at a medical treatment facility; the complication and additional disease or injury treated
during a current and continuous episode of illness or injury.
DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION (DOW) - The term used to describe all battle
casualties who die of wounds or other injuries received in action after having reached any
medical treatment facility. It is essential to differentiate these cases from battle casualties
found dead or who died before reaching a medical treatment facility (those "killed in
action"). It should be noted that reaching a medical treatment facility while still alive is the
DISPOSITION - An inpatient no longer carried on rolls of the U.S. military medical center
or hospital by reason of discharge to duty; discharge to home, death,
separation/retirement; or other termination of inpatient status. The day of discharge is the
day which the medical center or hospital formally terminates the period of inpatient
EXISTED PRIOR TO SERVICE (EPTS) - A term added to a medical diagnosis to signify
that there is clear and unmistakable evidence that the disease or injury, or the underlying
condition producing the disease or injury, existed prior to the individual's entry into military
FMC (U.S. FIELD MEDICAL CARD) - DD Form 1380. Medical record used by aid
stations, clearing stations, or nonfixed medical treatment facilities (except hospitals)
operating overseas, on maneuvers, or attached to commands moving between stations for
persons treated as inpatients or carded for record only. May also be used to record
outpatient treatment when Health Record is not available.
FMP (FAMILY MEMBER PREFIX) - The 2-digit number placed before the social security
number to identify patient category.
HOSPITAL - A health treatment facility capable of providing definitive inpatient care. It is
staffed and equipped to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services in the fields of general