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Dignified visitors arrive at Fairchild Air Force Base on a C-17 Globemaster III to the En Route Patient Staging System during Mobility Guardian Aug. 8, 2017. Mobility Guardian is an exercise that improves the capabilities of Air Mobility Command Airmen and prepares them for operational military situations. The exercise has participants from the Department of Defense, international partners and industry. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Captain Aneida Shakya, 60th Medical Group En Route Patient Staging System nurse, briefs dignified visitors about patient care and the ERPSS Aug. 8, 2017, at Fairchild AFB, Washington. Medical Forces are an important piece of 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 to provide staging, casualty care and administration support during contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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Airmen from the 60th Medical Group En Route Patient Staging System perform a demonstration litter carry for dignified visitors Aug. 8, 2017, at Fairchild AFB, Washington. An ERPSS sustains 24-hour operations to provide patient reception, complex medical-surgical nursing care and limited emergent intervention. Transportation services are coordinated with service medical and transportation elements to accomplish patient movement, often happening between six to 72 hours. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

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.