Casualty Clearing Station
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A casualty clearing station (CCS) is a military medical facility behind the front lines that is used to treat wounded soldiers. A CCS would usually be located just beyond the range of enemy artillery and often near transportation facilities (e.g., a railway). The CCS receives battlefield casualties from regimental aid posts located in the combat zone. Casualties that cannot be adequately treated in the CCS are stabilized there before being transported to a field hospital or military hospital.
Casualty Clearing Station is the name used by the British Army and the armies of other Commonwealth nations. The French equivalent is the ' Poste d'évacuation sanitaire '. The German equivalent is the ' Feldlazarett '.
Consultants in charge of Casualty Clearing Stations are usually anaesthetists or emergency medicine doctors with comprehensive anaesthetic training and competencies. Dr Padraig Argent was the first Casualty Clearing Station Consultant in the NHS. Casualty Clearing Stations are still used in modern pre-hospital emergency medicine practice e.g. in mountain rescue, mass gatherings and major disasters.