Almost 90% of American service men and women who die from combat wounds do so before they arrive at a medical treatment facility. This figure highlights the importance of the trauma care provided on the battlefield by combat medics, corpsmen, PJs, and even the casualties themselves and their fellow combatants. With respect to the actual care provided by combat medics on the battlefield, however, J. S Maughon noted in his paper in Military Medicine in 1970 that little had changed in the preceding 100 years. In the interval between the publication of Maughon’s paper and the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, there was also little progress made. The war years, though, have seen many lifesaving advances in battlefield trauma care pioneered by the Joint Trauma System and the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. These advances have dramatically increased casualty survival. This is especially true when all members of combat units – not just medics – are trained in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC.)
Combat medical personnel and non-medical combatants in U.S. and most coalition militaries are now being trained to manage combat trauma on the battlefield in accordance with TCCC Guidelines.
TCCC for All Combatants (TCCC-AC): Is an 8 hour classroom course specifically designed for non-medical responders. The course covers materials found in the 16-hour provider course at a level appropriate for first responders. It includes 4 hours of core content and 4 hours of hands on skills and scenarios, with additional modules that can be added to address the needs of specific responders. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion.
Who It’s for:
Any non medical personnel that want to learn to treat life threatening injuries. Anyone can take this class as there is no prerequisites required.
At the beginning of the course each student will have an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) with all of the supplies and equipment needed for the class. During the presentation of the class we will use the items in the IFAK to complete hands on training of each skill taught. If you have your own equipment you would like to work with just let us know and we will be glad to let you use it for the class.
- Note taking supplies
- Shoes or boots
- Tactical uniform (if not available pants with belt)
- Water for outdoor training
You will get dirty in the scenarios, the fake blood we use will wash out of most clothing