• Evidence-based practice, training guidance, and lessons learned have resulted in a critical care transport practice within the combat arena that is rarely seen in civilian health care.

  • A mortality and morbidity meeting strictly for transport personnel could be useful, especially for programs involved in transport of high-acuity patients.

  • Collaboration and effective communication between ground and air personnel who provide support for transport of critically ill patients is essential.

Since the Vietnam era, aeromedical teams (air medevac) have delivered the highest degree of tactical care to wounded troops. Thousands of lives have been saved by the heroic efforts of flight medics, crew chiefs, and aviators. With US conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 20000 aeromedical flights were conducted between 2007 and 2010 alone in support of combat operations. Among those flights, more than two-thirds were in support of pre-operative and postoperative resuscitation or...

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