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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic F: Health Service Support

Subtopic 12: Medic Bags

Observation Synopsis

The one-compartment medic bags in use by most field medical units do not organize emergency medical supplies well. Supplies often come in different sizes and different packaging from the various vendors. The aid bag does not have sufficient divided compartments to separate supplies needed for different types of traumas. Medical personnel are spending their personal funds to purchase commercially available medical bags, at significant expense, to replace the issue bags which do not meet their mission requirements.

Lessons Learned

  • Many very competent medics, especially special operations medics by observation, have replaced the standard issue bag with commercially purchased bags.

DOTMLPF Implications

Materiel: AMC should replace the current medic aid bags with commercially purchased medical bags, specifically the type offered by BlackHawk Industries (or equivalent manufacturer) in a backpack form with several compartments.

Table of Supporting Observations

Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Medic Bags 10001-00800

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 11: Personal Protection (Weapons) for Medics
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 13: Forward Litter Ambulance (FLA) Utilization on the Battlefield in OIF

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