During operations the British Army issued its NCOs and officers a selection of aide Memoire cards, held together at the corner with s split ring that could be carried and used to ensure that the correct information was relayed back at times of crisis. Most men did not carry these themselves, however it was recommended by many soldiers that they should try and get hold of the card covering medical evacuation, fill it in with their own details and carry it in their medical pouch. How common this was in practice I am unsure of, however Kitmonster (who it must be said are I the business of trying to sell these items) did suggest:
The MIST AT MEDEVAC card should be carried by all ranks, kept with your trauma kit with zap number filled in.
The front of the card is pink and covers medical evacuation: This card prompts each bit of information required to evacuate a casualty:
1- Location: the grid reference of the Helicopter Landing Site so the helicopter coming in knows where to find the casualty.
2- Callsign and Frequency: this is needed so the helicopter can talk to the ground and knows they are talking to the correct people
3- Number of patients and precedence: this helps the medevac team triage patients and know who to collect first and how long before they need to be seen by a medical team.
4- Special equipment required: the medevac crew need to know in advance if they need to bring any specialist equipment with them.
5- Number of patients/type: again the medieval crew need to know this to be able to effectively plan how best to evacuate the casualties
6- Security at HLS: the presence of an enemy at the HLS would naturally change the nature of how the pick up is performed and if an armed escort is needed for the helicopter or not so this needs to be known in advance.
7- HLS marking method: how the landing site will be marked so it can be seen from the air so the aircrew know what to look out for.
8- Number of patients by nationality/status: the medevac crew will need to know if they need to bring interpreters or security with them for the patients they are collecting.
9- HLS terrain/obstacles: the medevac will need to know if there are any issues with the terrain at the landing site to help them land safely.
The reverse of the card is the MIST (AT) report which gives specific information on the injuries a casualty has sustained and the treatment already given:
This card is made of a thin plastic so is waterproof and can be written on with a marker and then cleaned off with an alcohol wipe later. I have added this card to the first aid pack on my mk4 Osprey to help fill it out with theatre specific items. It is these little items that I really like to find to help flesh out the larger pieces of kit I my collection, although finding specific information on what is carried is not always easy.