When U.S. service members are critically ill or severely injured, it is the mission of Critical Care Air Transport Teams to get them aboard aircraft and move them thousands of miles while delivering a high level of medical care in flight to return them home for full-time care.
A CCATT is a highly specialized and uniquely skilled three-person medical team that augments standard aeromedical evacuation crew members, and turns an aircraft into a flying intensive care unit.
- A physician who specializes in an area of critical care or emergency medicine
- A critical care nurse
- A respiratory therapist
CCATTs supplement standard aeromedical evacuation aircrew when critically ill or injured patients require continuous monitoring, stabilization, or complex care while in-transit to a medical treatment facility - usually to get a higher level of medical care.
During the Vietnam War, it typically took about a month for wounded troops to reach treatment facilities in the United States. Today, the U.S. Air Force’s CCATT capability allows service members to be transported from the point of injury to a stateside hospital in less than three days.
Air Mobility Command is responsible for the CCATT mission.