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Organization of medical support within the area

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Unformatted text preview: ne medical treatment facilities to emergency and expedient care, with little preventive medicine. Once the area complex sufficiently develops, the clandestine facilities can expand and become a semipermanent medical organization, which serves the following purposes: To sustain and preserve combat power. To support the population. MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS 2-64. If the area command has not established a degree of clandestine medical support, the result will be evident in the guerrilla force’s morale. Historically, a lack of proper medical attention has led to serious illness and disability that reduced overall unit combat effectiveness. 2-65. Medical elements supporting the resistance forces must be mobile, responsive, and effective in preventing disease and restoring the sick and wounded to duty. It is unlikely the movement will have a safe rear area where it can take casualties for treatment. Medical personnel help during combat operations by operating casualty collection points, which allows the healthy guerrillas to keep fighting. Medical personnel evacuate casualties from these points to a guerrilla base or civilian care facility. 2-66. Resistance personnel use existing logistics and transportation nets to gain supplies and move casualties. The movement of wounded personnel across enemy-controlled areas by auxiliary members is a clandestine operation, not a support function. AID STATION 2-67. Trained medical personnel provide emergency treatment at aid stations. Evacuation of wounded personnel from the battle area begins at these stations. Because the condition of the wounded may prevent movement to the unit base, personnel hide them in secure locations and notify the auxiliary. The auxiliary cares for and hides the wounded or evacuates them to a treatment facility. 2-68. The evacuation of the dead is important for security reasons. If the enemy identifies the dead, the families of the guerrillas may be in danger. Personnel evacuate and cache the bodies of those killed in action 30 November 2010 TC 18-01 2-17 Chapter 2...
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