ADVANTAGES OF AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION
En route Treatment.
BENEFITS ACCRUING FROM AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION
Use of specialized treatment facilities.
Concentration of medical skills in central areas.
Conservation of critical professional medical manpower.
Conservation of paramedical manpower.
Early return to duty.
Lower morbidity and mortality rates.
Figure 3-1. Advantages and benefits of aeromedical evacuation.
AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION POLICY
It is the policy of the Department of Defense (DOD) that in both peace and war, the
movement of patients of the Armed Forces shall be accomplished by airlift when airlift is
available and conditions are suitable for aeromedical evacuation, unless medically
contraindicated. Aeromedical evacuation is performed only by units specifically assigned
an aeromedical evacuation mission, except when the service cannot be provided by an
aeromedical evacuation unit. In such instances, the installation commander and the senior
medical officer must authorize evacuation by local aircraft.
GENERAL EVACUATION POLICIES
a. Eligibility Status. Determination of eligibility for admission to the receiving MTF
and/or aeromedical evacuation is the responsibility of the sending MTF. Eligibility for care
does not automatically mean eligibility for air transportation.
b. If the prognosis indicates that the patient will be returned to duty within a
reasonable period of time, transfer is made to the nearest uniformed service MTF having