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Medical Support Processes

Health and medical support processes are key force enablers. They comprise a set of actions, which contribute to the preparation, and preservation of human potential by full and coherent care. Medical support incorporates the full range of medical services.3 Medical support contributes to force protection, readiness and sustainability through planning and provision of preventive, acute, and rehabilitative healthcare for military personnel from enlistment to retirement. This includes prevention of disease, health promotion, rapid evacuation, and treatment of the sick, wounded, or injured, and the recovery and return to duty of as many individuals as possible. Medical and health services comprehend all professional, technical, and related functions performed by medical professionals in a military organization. Those include general and special medical treatment, dental care, mental health care, nursing care, veterinary service, medical laboratory service, patient evacuation, preventive medicine, dietetics and medical logistics.

Function-specific Operations