... a brief bit of wonder at the modern American military:

The Critical Care Air Transport Team's mission is to operate an intensive care unit in an aircraft cabin during flight adding critical care capability to the U.S. Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation System. CCATT patients have received initial stabilization, but are still critically ill they require evacuation from a less capable, to a more capable hospital.

CCATT is a 3-member team consisting of: Critical care physician, Critical care nurse, and Respiratory therapist.

The 59th Medical Wing is tasked to provide 15 CCAT Teams.

Each team can care for three critically injured, monitored patients (or six less severely injured) for 72 hours.
CCATT gear is man portable and battery operated, consisting of: three backpacks (47 lbs each), nine equipment and medical supply bags, and one drug case. Medical equipment includes: Ventilator, Cardiac/physiologic monitor, IV infusion pump, and a laboratory-testing device.

The CCATT is designed to support combat casualties being evacuated from the combat zone.

In OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM AND OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, CCATT participated in normal operations at major air bases, and deployed far forward with AE teams, frequently operating with Special Forces and Army Forces.

CCAT Teams also support peacetime movement of critically ill beneficiaries of military health care system, as well as humanitarian assistance such as airplane crashes and natural disasters.


The US military—particularly before Halliburton et al got ahold of things—always distinguished itself with amazing, top-line, logistical operations. This mobile, portable, flyable ICU is (in part) why so many fewer have suffered the ultimate price for our most recent wars.