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Patient Movement (PM)

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The act or process of moving wounded, ill, injured, or other persons (including contaminated, contagious, and potentially exposed patients) to obtain medical, surgical, and dental care or treatment. Functions include medical regulating, pre-hospital patient evacuation, and en route medical care. PM occurs across the continuum of care, from point of injury (POI), wounding, or illness or infectious agent exposure (suspected or known) through successive roles of medical care to final destination. This act is focused on, but not limited to, the execution of Joint Theater Patient Evacuation (JTPE) and strategic (global) evacuation in support of OCONUS contingency operations, and the return and redistribution of patients within CONUS in support of these operations.

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