AIR FORCE - AFI 48-107 VOL 1
EN ROUTE CARE AND AEROMEDICAL EVACUATION MEDICAL OPERATIONS
|Publication Date:||15 December 2020|
Staging facilities facilitate any necessary inpatient medical-surgical care. The supporting MTF with required capability cares for critically ill or inpatient mental health patients or on a short-term basis by an En Route Critical Care (ERCC) team (e.g., critical care air transport team [CCATT]; burn team; neonatal intensive care team) at the staging facility for patients awaiting airlift. ERCC system encompasses several critical care teams (e.g., burn, neonatal, lung, pediatric, trauma). Provisions are secured to address support services and additional clinical care required by patients in the staging facility due to patient condition changes, or mission delays/cancellations
Aeromedical Evacuation Crew Members (AECM). AECMs provide specialized inpatient medical-surgical care capability with basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) resuscitative capability while contacting the mission Command and Control (C2) for further medical direction. During mission execution, AECM's clinical practice is under the medical direction of the validating flight surgeon (VFS). Mission requirements drive the use of specialty augmented medical teams and medical attendants (MA). Note: To preserve life, limb, or eyesight, in an emergency, when no physician is present or cannot be contacted, AECMs and/or medical personnel follow guidance outlined within this instruction. The AECM notifies the appropriate Patient Movement Requirements Center (PMRC) of any treatment performed outside a patient's written orders as soon as operationally feasible.
Medical personnel in the AE system provide care based upon their specialty, scope of practice, specific core competencies, level of knowledge, training, and skills.