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The transportation of a wounded person, usually by air, from an area of military conflict to an area where medical care can be provided.
tr.v. case·vaced, case·vacing, case·vacs
To transport (a wounded person) from an area of military conflict to an area where medical care can be provided.
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casualty evacuation

The timely and efficient movement and en route care provided by medical personnel to wounded soldiers being evacuated from a battlefield, to injured patients being evacuated from the scene of an accident to receiving medical facilities, or to patients at a rural hospital requiring urgent care at a better-equipped facility using dedicated, medically equipped ground vehicles (ambulances) or aircraft (air ambulances).

The word medevac is used when the evacuation is performed by a dedicated, medically equipped vehicle staffed by one or more trained emergency technicians who provide care en route; casevac (casualty evacuation) is preferred in cases where the primary objective is immediate, emergency removal (without focus on en route care). Medevac is further distinguished by the clearly markings that indicate to an enemy that it is not a military vehicle and firing on it would constitute a war crime under Article II of the Geneva Convention (1949).
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Combat Casualty Evacuation Care (emergent health care interventions that guide the initial stabilization of wounded people).
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To establish a fixed-wing CASEVAC capability, advisors assist the Afghan air force in assessing airfields, training flight medics, and mentoring C-208 capabilities.
The operation came to a screeching halt; CASEVAC was now the priority.
A retrospective evaluation of the 84 Special Operations fatalities in the GWOT has found that 12 of the 84 SOF fatalities were potentially preventable, largely by either improved adherence to TCCC recommendations (tourniquets, surgical airways to intubation, hemostatic agents, needle thoracostomy, the availability of blood products in CASEVAC platforms) or faster evacuation times.
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Secondly, the military possesses, or should possess, the requisite assets, including air support and CASEVAC if necessary.
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