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Subject: CHEMICAL CASUALTY CARE                                          

Unit: XVIII CORPS 

Parent Organization: ARCENT      

Box  ID: BX000047

Folder Title: MISC NBC INFO                                                                                   

Document Number:         18

Folder Seq  #:         57







                                DEPARTMENT   OF THE   ARMY
                                                            OR
                          HEAD12UARTERS XVIII   AIRBORNE@@C PS
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                                    APO NEW YORK       7


        AFZA-MD                                                   @l January  199


        MEMORANDUM   FOR  SEE DISTRIBUTION,

        :SUBJECT-.  Chemical  Casualty.Care


        1. Corps    medical  officers   and physiria'n  assistants   have
        completed   instruction in medical management of chemical.
        casualties. They     should be able to optimize     rapid recovery and
        return to   duty of. the more   than 95 percent   of casualties who
        initially   survive  chemical   agent exposure. The purpose of this,
        tasking memorandum is to ensure that their        knowledge   is
        translated to readiness of      all Corps medical   soldiers and
        emphasis by commanders.
        2. Each,division, separate       brigade,@Corps   hospital and    medical
               commander will designate a medical        officer  with  additional
        group
        duty as unit chemical casualty care officer. ..The designated
                                 r                         @Manag ment of
        officer should be a g adpate      of the Medical          e
        Chemical Casualties     .Cou@@e.  He will report    directly  to the unit
        surgeon or, for medical units, to the unit commander          on all
        matters concerning this additional duty.

        3. The unit chemical casualty care officer          will  propose, staff,:
        and obtain approval of initial and sustainment training programs
        for medical soldiers in chemical casualty care..          medical
        operations in a chemical environment, and far-forward rapid
        patient decontamination. Commanders will provide the required
aining as a,'key combat
        readiness priority. The chemical casualty officer will track
        training and assess proficiency primarily theough,no-notice
        operational readiness exercises involving medical decision
        @making and decontamination of small numbers'af patients +or
        maximum teaching value. He will coordinate with@the unit
        operations officer for tasking exercises and@training.

        4.   The chemical casualty:care officer will@also         track  ordering
        and,availability of key medical chemical defense          medications,
        equipment   and decontamination supplies.        He'will  ensure that
        -ea@h ground and air evacuation vehicl' is uploaded with@@@l
                                                       4 casualties      e will
        decontamination     material sufficient.for@                    Hel
     .@;cbordinate with.the unit'logistics officer@on all@ materi
    i-l@ readiness as'an item    of special    command interest@;at USR,

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Document 2 f:/Week-15/BX000047/MISC NBC INFO/chemical casualty care:010297184310117
Control Fields 17
File Room = apr96_declassified
File Cabinet = Week-15
Box ID = BX000047
Unit = XVIII CORPS
Parent Organization = ARCENT
Folder Title = MISC NBC INFO
Folder Seq # = 57
Subject = CHEMICAL CASUALTY CARE
Document Seq # = 18
Document Date =
Scan Date =
Queued for Declassification = 01-JAN-1980
Short Term Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Long Term Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Permanent Referral = 01-JAN-1980
Non-Health Related Document = 01-JAN-1980
Declassified = 02-JAN-1997