Document symbol: PK/G/DOS/2020.7
DOS/2020.7 Casualty Evacuation in the Field (Policy)
This joint policy – by the Departments of Operational Support (DOS), Peace Operations (DPO), Peacebuilding and Political Affairs (DPPA), and Safety and Security (DSS) – provides direction on the management of casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) across UN field missions. CASEVAC is defined as the evacuation of a casualty from the point of injury/illness to the closest appropriate medical treatment facility, utilising the most effective means of transportation. The policy adopts a patient centred approach where timeliness and speed of evacuation are paramount, based on a philosophy of ‘ownership at the highest level and execution at the lowest level’. The policy notes that CASEVAC takes priority over all other Mission activities except actions to counter immediate threats to UN personnel. It does not address resourcing implications and defers to Mission leadership to prioritise resources to meet CASEVAC tasks. This policy supersedes any previous versions, including “2018.12 Policy on Casualty Evacuation in the Field”.
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