DVs get inside look at ERPSS

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Medical forces play an important role in air mobility and combat support forces. Part of that is the En Route Casualty Care System which provides joint forces the ability to ensure injured receive the care needed to save lives. The En Route Patient Staging System helps the ERCCS by operating across a spectrum of scenarios by providing staging, casualty care and administration support during contingency operations.

An ERPSS sustains 24-hour operations to provide patient reception, complex medical-surgical nursing care and limited emergent intervention. Transportation services are coordinated with medical to accomplish patient movement. Holding times can very between six to 72 hours, and ERPSS areas can have anywhere from 10 to 250 beds for patients.

Holding times are dependent on the arrival times for opportune aircraft that can conduct aeromedical evacuation.