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Evacuation and Transportation

Chapter

Abstract

Aeromedical evacuation (AE) has become an important element of healthcare systems within the developed world and is a key enabler to military operations conducted in austere environments. The existence of a reliable AE chain allows commanders to reduce the medical assets in the operational theatre while remaining assured that injured personnel will get prompt advanced medical care. Moreover, the soldier on the ground is assured that he will get advanced medical care and speedy repatriation. The role within humanitarian operations may be more limited apart from the support of the deployed aid worker, but aeromedical evacuation can still contribute further management options.

Keywords

Aeromedical evacuation and transportation Physics and physiology Equipment Organization Medical conditions on medical evacuation flights Humanitarian operations 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regional Occupational Medicine DepartmentRoyal Air Force, RAF Brize NortonCarterton, OxfordshireUK

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