The CCAT Team Mission


Continuous En Route Care Model


Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) assist in carrying out the mission of the aeromedical evacuation (AE) system, which includes air transport of patients under medical supervision while delivering optimal care. CCATT/AE serves as a distributive medical treatment facility (MTF). The CCATTs are utilized as a supplementation package to the primary medical AE crew. CCATTs maintain/enhance the standard of care provided to critically ill/injured/burned patients who require continuous stabilization and advanced care during transport to the next level of care. Once deployed, the CCATTs are an AE asset and fall under the expeditionary AE squadron to which they are assigned/attached. CCATTs are a limited, rapidly-deployable resource available in selected situations to supplement the AE system. They are engaged after the patient has received essential, stabilizing care by supported ground medical support personnel. CCATTs are able to continuously monitor and maintain stabilization of critically ill/injured/burned patients during patient movement activities in either an inter- or intratheater AE mission support role. CCATTs will be utilized for a full spectrum of operations. This includes Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) operations ranging from in-garrison care to humanitarian relief, civil disaster response, small-scale contingencies (SSCs), range of military operations (ROMO), homeland security, and major theater war (MTW). CCATTs are the enabler to AE’s critical care capability/asset and deploy to assist in carrying out the overarching patient transport mission of the AE system. CCATTs, in conjunction with AE crews or AE ground medical support elements, provide advanced specialty medical capability to evacuate critically ill, injured, or burned patients requiring continuous stabilization or advanced care during transport to the next level of care, whether intra- or inter-theater. Prior to transport the role of the CCATT is to prepare the critically ill patient for movement. The CCATT will normally accompany the patient from the originating facility to the aircraft and continue to monitor and intervene during in-flight operations as required. This team does not routinely provide primary stabilization and does not replace forward surgical or ground medical support team capabilities. These patients are usually in a state of dynamic, physiological flux. Examples of injuries/conditions requiring CCATT support include supportive/resuscitative care of shock/hemorrhage, respiratory failure, and multi-system trauma.

pdf  As per AFTTP 3-42.51

Continuous En Route Care Model

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