MEDICAL EVACUATION REQUESTS
Procedures for requesting medical evacuation support have been standardized.
The same format used to request aeromedical evacuation is also used to request
ground evacuation. The information contained in the evacuation request helps medical
units to determine the correct priority for committing evacuation assets. This helps to
control the evacuation flow so that medical resources are not overly strained.
Overclassification is the tendency to classify a wound or injury as being more
severe than it actually is. Overclassification has historically been a problem and is still a
problem. Proper casualty classification is needed to ensure that those casualties in
greatest need are evacuated first and receive the necessary care required to help
ensure their survival. Casualties will be picked up as soon as possible, consistent with
available resources and pending missions.
PREPARING A MEDICAL EVACUATION REQUEST
A special nine-line format has been developed to assist in requesting medical
evacuation. Rather than stating what type of information is being transmitted, a line
number is given. Brevity codes are used to identify specific information being
transmitted. Brevity codes allow information to be easily and quickly transmitted. The
information is transmitted in sequence (line 1, then line 2, and so forth). The information
needed for wartime and peacetime evacuation requests is described in paragraphs 8-5
and 8-6. Lines 1 through 5 must be transmitted before the evacuation mission begins.
The remainder should be transmitted at the same time if possible, but can be
transmitted to the ground or air ambulance en route. Use Table 8-1 when making notes
for transmitting a MEDEVAC request and when actually transmitting the request.
LINES 1 THROUGH 5 OF THE MEDICAL EVACUATION REQUEST
The following information is needed by ambulance personnel before they begin
a. Line 1: Location of Pickup Site. Using a map, determine the grid
coordinates (eight digits) of the site where the air or ground ambulance will pick up the
casualties. This information can often be obtained from your unit leader. This
information allows the unit coordinating evacuation to plan the ambulance's route so it
can pick up casualties from more than one site, if appropriate.