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081-831-0101 (SL2) - Request Medical Evacuation

Standards: Transmitted a MEDEVAC request, providing all necessary information within 25 seconds. Transmitted, as a minimum, line numbers 1 through 5 during the initial contact with the evacuation unit. Transmitted lines 6 through 9 while the aircraft or vehicle was en route, if not included during initial contact.

Conditions:
You have a casualty requiring medical
evacuation (MEDEVAC) and a patient pickup
site. Necessary equipment and materials:
operational communications equipment,
MEDEVAC request format, a standard scale
military map, a grid coordinate scale, and
unit signal operation instructions (SOI).

Standards:
Transmitted a MEDEVAC request, providing all
necessary information within 25 seconds.
Transmitted, as a minimum, line numbers 1
through 5 during the initial contact with
the evacuation unit. Transmitted lines 6
through 9 while the aircraft or vehicle was
en route, if not included during initial
contact.

Performance
Steps

1.  
Collect all applicable
information needed for the MEDEVAC
request.

a.
Determine the grid
coordinates for the pickup site.

b.
Obtain radio frequency,
call sign, and suffix.

c.
Obtain the number of
patients and precedence.

d.
Determine the type of
special equipment required.

e.
Determine the number and
type (litter or ambulatory) of
patients.

f. 
Determine the security of
the pickup site.

g.
Determine how the pickup
site will be marked.

h.
Determine patient
nationality and status.

i.  
Obtain pickup site
nuclear, biological, and chemical
(NBC) contamination information
normally obtained from the senior
person or medic.

Note. 
NBC line 9 information
is only included when contamination
exists.

2.  
Record the gathered MEDEVAC
information using the authorized
brevity codes. 
(See table 081-831-0101-1.)

Note. 
Unless the MEDEVAC
information is transmitted over secure
communication systems it must be
encrypted except as noted in step
3b(1).

a.
Location of pickup site
(line 1). 
(See STP 21-1-SMCT, Task
071-329-1006.)

b.
Radio frequency, call
sign, and suffix (line 2). 
(See STP 21-1-SMCT, Task
113-637-2001.)

c.
Numbers of patients by
precedence (line 3).

d.
Special equipment
required (line 4).

e.
Number of patients by
type (line 5).

f. 
Security of pickup site
(line 6).

g.
Method of marking pickup
site (line 7).

h.
Patient nationality and
status (line 8).

i.  
NBC contamination (line
9).

3.  
Transmit the MEDEVAC
request.

a.
Contact the unit that
controls the evacuation assets.

(1) 
Make proper contact
with the intended receiver.

(2) 
Use effective call sign
and frequency assignments from the
SOI.

(3) 
Give the following in
the clear "I HAVE A MEDEVAC
REQUEST"; wait one to three
seconds for response. 
If no response, repeat the
statement.

b.
Transmit the MEDEVAC
information in the proper sequence.

(1) 
State all line item
numbers in clear text. 
The call sign and suffix
(if needed) in line 2 may be
transmitted in the clear.

Note. 
Line numbers 1 through
5 must always be transmitted during
the initial contact with the
evacuation unit. 
Lines 6 through 9 may be
transmitted while the aircraft or
vehicle is en route.

(2) 
Follow the procedure
provided in the explanation column
of the MEDEVAC request format to
transmit other required
information.

(3) 
Pronounce letters and
numbers in accordance with
appropriate radiotelephone
procedures.

(4) 
Take no longer than 25
seconds to transmit.

(5) 
End the transmission by
stating "OVER."

(6) 
Keep the radio on and
listen for additional instructions
or contact from the evacuation
unit.

 

Table
081-831-0101-1.
MEDEVAC Authorized Brevity Codes


Line

Item

Explanation

Where/
How Obtained

Who
Normally Provides

Reason

1

Location
of Pickup Site

Encrypt
the grid coordinates of the pickup
site. When using the DRYAD Numeral
Cipher, the same “SET” line will
be used to encrypt the grid zone
letters and the coordinates. To
preclude misunderstanding, a statement
is made that grid zone letters are
included in the message (unless unit
SOP specifies its use at all times).

From
Map

Unit
Leader(s)

Required
so evacuation vehicle knows where to
pick up patient. Also, so the unit
coordinating the evacuation mission
can plan the route for the evacuation
vehicle (if the evacuation vehicle
must pick up from more than one
location).

2

Radio
Frequency, Call Sign, and Suffix

Encrypt
the frequency of the radio at the
pickup site, not a relay frequency.
The call sign (and suffix if used) of
person to be contacted at the pickup
site may be transmitted in the clear.

From
SOI

RTO

Required
so evacuation vehicle can contact
requesting unit while en route (obtain
additional information or change in
situation or directions).

3

Number
of Patients by Precedence

Report
only applicable information and
encrypt the brevity codes.

A
– urgent.

B
– Urgent-Surgical.

C
– Priority.

D
– Routine.

E
– Convenience.

If
two or more categories must be
reported in the same request, insert
the word “BREAK”  between
each category.

From
Evaluation of Patient(s)

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
by unit controlling the evacuation
vehicles to assist in prioritizing
missions

4

Special
Equipment Required

Encrypt
the applicable brevity codes.

A
– None.

B
– Hoist.

C
– Extraction equipment.

D
– Ventilator.

From
Evaluation of Patient/ Situation

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
so equipment can be placed on board
evacuation vehicle prior to the start
of mission.

5

Number
of Patients by Type

Report
only applicable information and
encrypt the brevity code. If
requesting MEDEVAC for both types,
insert the word “BREAK” between
the litter entry and ambulatory entry.

L+#
of Patient – Litter

A+#
of Patient – Ambulatory (sitting)

From
Evaluation of Patient(s)

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
so appropriate number of evacuation
vehicles may be dispatched to pickup
site. They should be configured to
carry patients requiring evacuation.

6

Security
of Pickup Site (Wartime)

N
– No enemy troops in area.

P
– Possible enemy troops in area
(approach with caution).

E
– Enemy troops in area (approach
with caution).

X
– Enemy troops in area (armed escort
required).

From
Evaluation of Situation

Unit
Leader

Required
to assist the evacuation crew in
assessing the situation and
determining if assistance is required.
More definitive guidance can be
furnished the evacuation vehicle while
it is en route (specific location or
enemy to assist an aircraft in
planning its approach).

6

Number
and Type of Wound, Injury, or Illness
(Peacetime)

Specific
information regarding patient wounds
by type (gunshot or shrapnel). Report
serious bleeding, along with patient
blood type, if known.

From
Evaluation of Patient

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
to assist evacuation personnel in
determining treatment and special
equipment needed.

7

Method
of Marking Pickup Site

Encrypt
the brevity codes.

A
– Panels.

B
– Pyrotechnic signal.

C
– Smoke signal.

D
– None.

E
– Other.

Based
on Situation and Availability of
Materials

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
to assist the evacuation crew in
identifying the specific location of
the pickup. Note that the color of the
panels or smoke should not be
transmitted until the evacuation
vehicle contacts the unit (just prior
to its arrival). For security, the
crew should identify the color and the
unit should verify it.

8

Patient
Nationality and Status

The
number of patients in each category
need not be transmitted. Encrypt only
the applicable brevity codes.

A
= U.S. military.

B
– U.S. civilian.

C
– Non-U.S. military.

D
– Non-U.S. civilian.

E
– EPW

From
Evaluation of Patient

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
to assist in planning for destination
facilities and need for guards. Unit
requesting support should ensure there
is an English-speaking representative
at the pickup site.

9

NBC
Con�tamination (Wartime)

Include
this line only when applicable.
Encrypt the applica�ble brevity
codes.

N
– Nuclear.

B
= Biological.

C
– Chemical.

From
Situation

Medic
or Senior Person Present

Required
to assist in planning for the mis�sion.
(Determine which evacuation vehicle
will accom�plish the mission and when
it will be accom�plished.)

9


Terrain
Description (Peacetime)

Include
details of terrain features in and
around pro�posed landing site. If
possible, describe relationship of
site to prominent terrain feature
(lake, mountain, tower).

From
Area Survey

Personnel
at site

Required
to allow evacuation personnel to
assess route/avenue of ap�proach into
area. Of particular importance if
hoist operation is required.

Evaluation
Preparation:

Setup:
Evaluate this task during a training
exercise involving a MEDEVAC aircraft or
vehicle, or simulate it by creating a
scenario and providing the information as
the soldier requests it. You or an assistant
will act as the radio contact at the
evacuation unit during
"transmission" of the request.
Give a copy of the MEDEVAC request format to
the soldier.

Brief
Soldier:
Tell the soldier to prepare and
transmit a MEDEVAC request. State that the
communications net is secure.

Performance
Measures

GO

NO
GO

1.   Collected all
information needed for the MEDEVAC
request line items 1 through 9.





2.   Recorded the information using authorized brevity
codes.





3.   Transmitted the MEDEVAC request within 25 seconds.





Evaluation
Guidance:
Score the soldier GO if all
performance measures are passed. Score the
soldier NO GO if any performance measure is
failed. If the soldier scores NO GO, show
what was done wrong and how to do it
correctly.

References

 

Required

Related

 

 

FM
8-10-6


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