Field Medical Card (DD 1380)

The Field Medical Card is about 4" by 8" and serves as the medical record for battle injuries for U.S. and NATO Forces. It is designed to provide medical information about the injury and the care provided to the wounded soldier. 

  • It records the injury, illness and treatment during combat. 

  • It records the patient disposition, including death. 

  • It records outpatient visits when the medical record is not available. 

DD 1380 comes in a blue pad of 20 (with carbons). A copper wire is attached to each card for fastening to the patient.

  • It serves as a record of injury, illness and treatment during combat.

  • It records the disposition of the patient, including death.

  • It serves as a record during outpatient visits when the patient's health record is not available.

Uses for the Field Medical Card:

COMBAT SITUATION -  Admission and Disposition

  • Original:  Maintained as part of the patients to medical records.

  • Duplicate:  Health Record - BAS.


  • Original:  BAS.

  • Duplicate:  Enter in the Health Record, copy to the Adjutant.


  • Original:  Accompanies casualty.

  • Duplicate:  BAS.


  • Original and Duplicate:  BAS.


  • Original:  To receiving facility.

  • Duplicate:  BAS.


When a patient is transferred from one Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) to another further to the rear, the card goes with the patient.  It remains attached to him or his clinical record (when established), until he reaches a hospital, dies and is buried, or is returned to duty.


If the patient is returned to duty or carded for record purposes only, the original copy of the Field Medical Card is forwarded to the BAS for entry into the journal.  Later, the MTF sends this copy to BUMED (according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) of the command).  When a patient is killed in action or dies enroute to the MTF, the original is left attached to the body until it reaches the unit providing mortuary services.  Then it is removed for transmittal to BUMED.


In overseas commands, carbon copies (duplicates) of the Field Medical Card are used as the Senior Command Surgeon prescribes.  In the United States, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO) prescribes the use of carbon copies of the cards through the SOP or in the Administrative/Logistics order.


Since the DD Form 1380 is the first (and sometimes only) record of treatment of combat casualties, accuracy and thoroughness of information provided on the card is of the utmost importance. 

Tag, ID Personnal Field Triage (DD 1380)

Weight: 0.20 pounds

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