Tactical Combat Casualty Care
Course Description –
The specifics of casualty care in the tactical setting will depend on the tactical situation, the injuries sustained by the casualty, the knowledge and skills of the first responder, and the medical equipment at hand. In contrast to a hospital Emergency Department setting where the patient IS the mission, on the battlefield, care of casualties sustained is only PART of the mission. TCCC recognizes this fact and structures its guidelines to accomplish three primary goals:
1. Treat the casualty
2. Prevent additional casualties
3. Complete the mission
The TCCC program was developed to customize the principles of good trauma care for successful use on the battlefield.
The original 1996 TCCC paper identified the need for a standing committee to ensure that the TCCC guidelines are updated as necessary to reflect both new advances in prehospital medicine and battlefield experience. The Committee on TCCC (CoTCCC) was established in 2001 and is now part of the U.S. Defense Health Board.
The TCCC guidelines are published every four years in the military version of the PHTLS textbook. It is recognized that the TCCC guidelines and curriculum will change more often than the four-year cycle of the PHTLS textbook. NAEMT will post on our web site the updated TCCC guidelines and curriculum as approved.
NAEMT’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care course introduces evidence-based, life saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield under the auspices of the PHTLS program. It is the only TCCC course endorsed by the American College of Surgeons.
Cost – $400/student
*All required materials will be provided for the attending student!
Length of Training – Sixteen hours of training and continued educational credit is available through 2 days of classroom and scenario-based training