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"Tactical Medicine"

Przemysław Kluj, Dawid Aleksandrowicz, Waldemar Machała, Tomasz Gaszyński
Hemostatic agents are currently used in the form of special granules or soaked gauze. Their use is particularly advantageous in difficult body location (e.g. on neck, armpit or groin), where other methods of bleeding control are impossible to use or fail. In a tactical environment tranexamic acid received first class recommendation for use in case of severe bleeding in the US Army. Its application should be considered in case of traumatic amputation, penetrating chest and abdominal trauma or hemorrhagic shock...
September 2015: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Przemysław Kluj, Dawid Aleksandrowicz, Waldemar Machała, Tomasz Gaszyński
Isolated limb hemorrhage represents 60% of avoidable deaths and remains the leading cause of death in combat zone. Ideal tourniquet must be light, durable and cheap. They should completely stop the flow of arterial blood in the limb, and their attachment should be quick and easy. Tourniquets applied in correct location save lives by stopping the bleeding. Their use in civil environment appear to be particularly relevant in the mass casualties events. Modern bandages used by the military, were designed mostly in the form of an elastic bandage, which attachment has to be easy and quick...
February 2015: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Nelson Tang, Josh Kubit, Oliver M Berrett, Matthew J Levy
BACKGROUND: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Tactical Medical Program provides tactical medical support for ATF's tactical Special Response Teams (SRTs) and investigative National Response Teams (NRTs) through the deployment of specially trained ATF Agent-Medics. All patient care activities are centrally coordinated through ATF Headquarters. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of de-identified patient care reports (PCRs) from the ATF Tactical Medical Program from 2009 to 2012 was performed...
2014: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Maor Waldman, Shmuel C Shapira, Aaron Richman, Brian P Haughton, Crawford C Mechem
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2014: Military Medicine
Jerrilyn Jones, Ricky Kue, Patricia Mitchell, Gary Eblan, K Sophia Dyer
INTRODUCTION: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) routinely stage in a secure area in response to active shooter incidents until the scene is declared safe by law enforcement. Due to the time-sensitive nature of injuries at these incidents, some EMS systems have adopted response tactics utilizing law enforcement protection to expedite life-saving medical care. OBJECTIVE: Describe EMS provider perceptions of preparedness, adequacy of training, and general attitudes toward active shooter incident response after completing a tactical awareness training program...
August 2014: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Matthew J Levy, Rebecca Smith, Kevin B Gerold, Donald W Alves, Nelson Tang
INTRODUCTION: The Maryland State Police (MSP) Tactical Medical Unit (TMU) provides tactical emergency medical support (TEMS) through the deployment of specially trained state trooper tactical paramedics. The MSP TMU maintains an operational database of all mission related medical activity. This information constitutes a robust dataset derived from real world operational medicine experiences. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of de-identified entries from the MSP TMU operational response database was performed for the 5-year period of 2007?2013...
2014: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
David Chew, Rick Hammesfahr
This is a report of the first riot in Singapore since 1969 and the subsequent emergency response from the police force and emergency medical services. Lessons learned are discussed, and recommendations for future medical response in incidents of civil unrest are made.
2014: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Nelson Tang, Gabor D Kelen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2013: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Jason B Young, Joseph M Galante, Matthew J Sena
BACKGROUND: Members of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams routinely work in high-risk tactical situations. Awareness of the benefit of Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) is increasing but not uniformly emphasized. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the current regional state of tactical medicine and identify potential barriers to more widespread implementation. METHODS: A multiple-choice survey was administered to SWAT team leaders of 22 regional agencies in northern and central California...
2013: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Stephen Rush
A philosophical approach to tactical and remote medicine should be reflected in the gear (e.g., equipment and technology) chosen as well as the protocols used. The gear needs to be lightweight and small volume. Asmuch as possible, it should have multiple uses, and there should be no redundancy with other items. When modern technology (e.g., hemostatic gauze, pulse oximeters, etc.) allows it to have unique applications, it should be used. Otherwise, if simple basic gear works, it should remain a staple (e.g...
2013: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Lori Whelan, William Justice, Jeffrey M Goodloe, Jeff D Dixon, Stephen H Thomas
The term "tactical medicine" can be defined in more than one way, but in the nonmilitary setting the term tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) is often used to denote medical support operations for law enforcement. In supporting operations involving groups such as special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams, TEMS entail executing triage, diagnosis, stabilization, and evacuation decision-making in challenging settings. Ultrasound, now well entrenched as a part of trauma evaluation in the hospital setting, has been investigated in the prehospital arena and may have utility in TEMS...
2012: Emergency Medicine International
Manuel G Burkert
In 2011, a Mercedes Benz (MB) conducted the F-Cell World Drive tour around the globe in 125 days. While crossing Asia from Shanghai (China) to Helsinki (Finland) by car, en route medical care was provided by embedded emergency physicians. The designated route crossed four different countries, multiple climate zones, and challenging road conditions. There was only limited information provided about hospitals and emergency medical services within different host nations in the planning phase, so we adopted tactical medical principles for mission planning and execution, as we were facing remote conditions and limitations to equipment, staffing, and patient transport...
2012: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Maor Waldman, Aaron Richman, Shmuel C Shapira
Limited conflicts and the war against terrorism, in particular, have changed the emphasis in the present trend from preparing to cope with full-scale wars to the need to combat in limited conflicts. This shift has affected significantly medical units' preparations. Law enforcement organizations have come together with medical first responders in a combined new model. This model is supposed to be adopted and utilized in combat and evolved from the civilian model toward a modus operandi that combines the tactical and medical protocols into a single algorithm, the "Tactical Combat Casualty Care" (TCCC)...
January 2012: Military Medicine
Richard Bruce Schwartz, John G McManus, John Croushorn, Gina Piazza, Phillip L Coule, Mark Gibbons, Glenn Bollard, David Ledrick, Paul Vecchio, E Brooke Lerner
BACKGROUND: Tactical emergency medical support (TEMS) is a rapidly growing area within the field of prehospital medicine. As TEMS has grown, multiple training programs have emerged. A review of the existing programs demonstrated a lack of competency-based education. OBJECTIVE: To develop educational competencies for TEMS as a first step toward enhancing accountability. METHODS: As an initial attempt to establish accepted outcome-based competencies, the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) convened a working group of subject matter experts...
January 2011: Prehospital Emergency Care
Andrés M Rubiano, Alvaro I Sánchez, Francis Guyette, Juan C Puyana
INTRODUCTION: In response to a requirement for advanced trauma care nurses to provide combat tactical medical support, the antinarcotics arm of the Colombian National Police (CNP) requested the Colombian National Prehospital Care Association to develop a Combat Tactical Medicine Course (MEDTAC course). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of this course in imparting knowledge and skills to the students. METHODS: We trained 374 combat nurses using the novel MEDTAC course...
January 2010: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jeffery C Metzger, Alexander L Eastman, Fernando L Benitez, Paul E Pepe
Since the 1980s, the specialized field of tactical medicine has evolved with growing support from numerous law-enforcement and medical organizations. On-scene backup from tactical emergency medical support (TEMS) providers has not only permitted more immediate advanced medical aid to injured officers, victims, bystanders, and suspects, but also allows for rapid after-incident medical screening or minor treatments that can obviate an unnecessary transport to an emergency department. The purpose of this report is to document one very explicit benefit of TEMS deployment, namely, a situation in which a police officer's life was saved by the routine on-scene presence of specialized TEMS physicians...
October 2009: Prehospital Emergency Care
J David Davis, Nelson Tang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2006: Prehospital Emergency Care
Tim Kilner, F John Hall
INTRODUCTION: British police officers authorized to carry firearms may need to make judgments about the severity of injury of individuals or the relative priority of clinical need of a group of injured patients in tactical and non-tactical situations. Most of these officers receive little or no medical training beyond basic first aid to enable them to make these clinical decisions. Therefore, the aim of this study is to determine the accuracy of triage decision-making of firearms-trained police officers with and without printed decision-support materials...
January 2005: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Teriggi J Ciccone, Phillip D Anderson, Chon A D Gann, J Michael Riley, Michael Maxwell, Robert Hopkins, Gregory Ciottone
INTRODUCTION: The emerging need for tactical operations in law enforcement often places personnel involved at risk. Tactical operations often are carried out in environments in which access to emergency care is limited. With the war against terrorism expanding, special operations involving United States federal agents are occurring worldwide. Currently, there are very few tactical medicine curricula training traditional emergency medical services (EMS) providers to operate in these high-risk missions...
January 2005: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
William P Bozeman, Edward R Eastman
OBJECTIVES: Modification of traditional emergency medical services (EMS) principles and procedures for use in the tactical law enforcement setting is emerging as a subspecialty of emergency medicine. Few opportunities exist to train physicians in the principles of tactical medicine, and no studies demonstrate the effectiveness of physician-level training in tactical EMS. METHODS: A standardized eight-hour CONTOMS (Counter Terrorism Operations Medical Support) Physician Awareness course was presented to a group of emergency physicians...
July 2002: Prehospital Emergency Care
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