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The "Golden Hour"
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, January 19, 2008

That's what doctors call the hour after an injury or wound. It is the most important hour because if they can get the injured or wounded soldier to a doctor, he or she has a much higher chance of survival, no matter how bad the wound or injury may be.

The guys and gals who do their level best to make sure that happens are the Medevac crews - pilots, crew chiefs, medics and door gunners who all team up to do what is necessary to get that soldier from the battlefield and into medical care.

There's a great article by John Camp about a Medevac company out of Balad, Iraq.
The call came in at 1605. By 1635, the injured man was going into the emergency room.


At 1657, the big Blackhawks are quiet.

Time from call to shutdown, 52 minutes.

Which is pretty cool.
Soldiers in combat think it is very cool. And they know the Medevac folks will do whatever it takes to get in there and pull them out. Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing.
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McQ - I’m no journalist, so I don’t know the proper way to write military terms for the civilian populace, but the term is MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation).

I just thought you should know.

Thanks again for your support! :-D

Written By: Ayn_Randian
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Thanks AR ... and I know better too. For whatever reason I screw that acronym up routinely. I guess it’s because in my day it most of us called it "Dustoff".
Written By: McQ
Actually, as of late, the proper term for an evacuation from the field to a medical treatment facility is CASEVAC (Casualty Evacuation). MEDEVAC refers to a transfer from on MTF to another.
Written By: Vermin
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I’m sure that’s the case, Vermin, but they use the term Medevac all through the article so it seems more consistent to use that term.

Interestingly, there’s a picture among the album they have up there that has the word "Dustoff" painted on a barrier or fence.
Written By: McQ
I am madly in love with and deeply appreciative of the entire medical chain, from platoon/company medic to the clerk that processes your discharge from the hospital.
Start with the platoon medic, who crawls through the same mud, eats the same ’food’, and carries just as much, if not more, weight in his pack as the grunts. Then, when things get really noisy, and every sane person is trying to burrow into the dirt like a geoduck clam, someone shouts ’medic’ and the medics actually get up and answer the call.
The helicopter crews are mentioned in the article, so I will skip to the hospital personnel. They may sleep in soft beds, eat hot food, have indoor plumbing and hot water, but they make up for it every day when they go to work and cope with the human wreckage that comes in. Even the Infantry gets a day off, or stand down, once in a while, but the hospitals never close. How those nurses and orderlies can deal with tubes, dressings, stomas, and all the other stuff every day and still present a cheerful, or at least pleasant, face to patients I will never know. In some ways, it is easier being in the infantry, or being a patient.
As I said, I give them all a standing ovation. God bless the medical corps.
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