Patient Movement (PM)
|Publication Date:||22 June 2018|
This issuance, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02:
• Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and defines roles for implementation of the DoD PM mission.
• Maintains the Commander, United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) as the DoD Single Manager for Global PM and Patient Movement Items (PMI) and recognizes the Office of the Joint Staff Surgeon (OJSS) as the joint proponent for Joint Theater Patient Evacuation (JTPE).
• Incorporates medical regulating guidance for the transport of casualties, to include the movement of contaminated, contagious, and potentially exposed patients.
• Expands the scope of the term PM to include prehospital patient evacuation in accordance with the Joint Requirements Oversight Council Memorandum 048-15.
a. This issuance applies to:
(1) OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and the Joint Staff (JS), the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the DoD, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (referred to collectively in this issuance as the "DoD Components").
(2) The Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, pursuant to an agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services.
(3) The Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, pursuant to an agreement with the Department of Commerce.
(4) The Department of Health and Human Services, with respect to the medical regulation of patients in the DoD patient movement system to the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in support of military contingencies.
(5) The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), with respect to the medical regulation of active duty personnel to VA facilities, in accordance with Sections 8111 and 8111A of Title 38, United States Code (U.S.C.), and the November 16, 2006 and August 4, 2009 VA/DoD Memorandums of Agreement.
b. Although this issuance does not apply to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), USCG personnel and resources are capable of providing limited PM support during search and rescue operations and other primary missions. En route care provided by the USCG is limited to the medical qualification levels of personnel and aircraft capabilities and applicable USCG policy. USCG assets may support more advanced PM operations with advance coordination and support from the DoD.
c. This issuance does not apply to Defense Support of Civil Authorities. References to NDMS policy and responsibilities are specific to support for military contingencies. NDMS support is governed by DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6010.22.