Section II. USE AND PREPARATION OF THE U. S. FIELD MEDICAL
USE OF THE FMC
DD Form 1380 (U.S. Field Medical Card) (FMC) is used to record pertinent
medical data in a combat situation. When the casualty reaches a fixed MTF, it is used
to initiate the ITR. The FMC is used by aid stations , clearing stations, and nonfixed
troop or health clinics working overseas, on maneuvers, or attached to commands
moving between stations. The FMC may also be used to record an outpatient visit
when the HREC is not readily available at the MTF. Use of the FMC is covered by
NATO STANAG 2132 and QSTAG 470.
PREPARATION OF THE FMC
a. Initiation. The FMC is a set (an original and a duplicate). The FMC is
initiated under the supervision of or by an AMEDD officer of the medical treatment
facility which first treats the patient. If conditions permit, the company aidman first
attending a casualty in the field initiates the card by recording information to identify the
individual, to indicate the time when medical care is initially provided, and to describe
the medical care given and any other information that time permits. After doing this, he
will initial in the far right side of the signature block (item 29). The FMC is then
reviewed, completed, and signed by the supervising AMEDD officer.
b. For Whom Prepared. The FMC is prepared for any patient treated at one of
the MTFs listed in paragraph 4-3. It may also be prepared for CRO (carded for record
only) cases. CRO cases are covered in Subcourse MDO753. When a patient is
transferred, the FMC is attached to his clothing. The FMC remains with the patient until
his arrival at a hospital, his return to duty, or his death. If a patient dies, the FMC will
remain attached to the body until interment. If a body cannot be identified when it is to
be interred, the registration number given the remains by the Graves Registration
Service is noted on the FMC.
ENTRIES ON THE FMC
a. Source of Data. Identification may be obtained from questioning the patient,
from the patient's identification tag, the patient's ID card, or from personnel or other
records. Medical information, such as diagnosis, operations, and treatment, is
entered directly on the FMC by the medical officer or other person attending the patient.
Usually this information is entered at the time of attendance.