INITIATING A FIELD MEDICAL CARD
Initiate a DD Form 1380, U.S. Field Medical Card.
Given information on a simulated casualty, a DD Form 1380 or a pad of DD Forms
1380, and a pencil or other writing instrument.
Enter the required information in the appropriate blocks.
Score a GO on the performance checklist.
FM 8-10-6, Medical Evacuation in a Theater of Operations.
PURPOSE OF THE UNITED STATES FIELD MEDICAL CARD, DD FORM 1380
DD Form 1380, U.S. Field Medical Card, is usually called the Field Medical Card
or FMC. A Field Medical Card is prepared on any casualty treated within a theater of
operations. The Field Medical Card was designed to be used in forward combat areas
by North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops; therefore, the printed instructions
on the form are in French as well as in English. The Field Medical Card provides
medical personnel who see the casualty during evacuation with essential information
about the casualty's injury or disease and the treatment already given. The Field
Medical Card, as a record of events, may prevent accidental medication overdose and
alert the receiving medical facility to any special care needed for treatment. It provides
an accurate record of care already given. The front and back of the Field Medical Card
is illustrated in Figures 7-1 and 7-2. Write legibly and concisely. Use approved
abbreviations when possible. If an item is not known, leave it blank.
FIELD MEDICAL CARD PAD
Field Medical Cards are issued in a pad. Each pad contains 10 sets. A set
consists of an original card with attached wire, a protective sheet, and a duplicate paper
form. The front side of the card has spaces for the casualty's identification, a
description of the injury or illness, and treatment rendered.