3-11. EXPLANATION OF TERMS
In Section I of this lesson, the difference between medical regulating and patient
evacuation was explained as were the names and basic functions of many of the agencies
involved. Additional terms you need to be acquainted with are listed below.
a. Aeromedical Evacuation.
The movement of patients under medical
supervision to and between treatment facilities by air transportation.
b. Aeromedical Evacuation System. A system which:
(1) Centralizes control of patient transport by aircraft.
(2) Provides specialized medical attendants and equipment for in-flight medical
(3) Provides facilities, on or in the vicinity of airstrips and airbases, for limited
medical care of patients entering, en route within, or leaving the system.
(4) Provides communication with destination and en route medical facilities
concerning patient transportation.
c. Aeromedical Staging Facility (ASF) (An Air Force Asset). A medical
element operating transient patient beds located on or in the vicinity of an airbase or
airstrip that provides reception, administration, processing, ground transportation,
feeding, and limited medical care for patients entering or leaving an aeromedical
evacuation system. The five within CONUS are located at Travis, Lackland, Scott,
Keesler, and Andrews Air Force Bases.
d. Ambulatory Patient. A patient requiring only seat accommodations while in
e. Attendant. Any individual, other than a member of the medical crew, who is
authorized by competent medical authority to accompany a patient when such attendance
is considered essential to the medical support or the mental or physical well-being of the
patient. Attendants are comprised of two basic categories as follows:
(1) Medical attendants. These are normally armed forces medical personnel
(although they may be medical personnel of civilian or other Government agencies) who
are required to accompany a patient on orders of competent medical authority because of
a mental or physical condition.
(2) Nonmedical attendants.
These are generally family members (not
necessarily a requirement) who are authorized by competent medical authority when