Sharpening the Edge: Paramedic Training for Flight Medics

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By LTC Robert L. Mabry andC OL Robert A. De Lorenzo.

Military physicians have long recognized that rapid evacuation from the battlefield decreases suffering and prevents death. Air medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) of seriously ill and injured patients during military operations was pioneered in the United States by the US Army. The first use of an aircraft to evacuate US Soldiers was in 1926 when the US Army Air Corps transported them from Nicaragua to Panama.