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OPERATIONAL INTENTION STATEMENT
The following aeromedical evacuation patient protocols are intended as a medical guideline for flight medics within a Combat Aviation Brigade. It is not a comprehensive in-depth manual.
It is our intention that the medical protocols are for an austere or combative environment. Medics will practice “within their scope”. Flight medics will receive medical guidance for enroute care from receiving FST’s or higher echelons of medical control.
When an attending provider is not readily available or during aeromedical evacuation; if a patient’s medical status deteriorates or deviates from the “normal protocol guidelines”; the flight medic will rely on standing orders and protocols, utilize common medical sense, maintain within their scope of medical practice, to mitigate any adverse outcome to the patient.
At a minimum, these medical protocols will be reviewed semi-annually with the battalion flight surgeon and/or aeromedical physician assistant. However, if a medical necessity is warranted, e.g. (medication or dose change, new procedure, new equipment, etc.), updates will be more frequent. The established protocols and recommended changes will be forwarded to the brigade for review and disposition by the Commander and Medical Director