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Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) - Official Site

Intro to the Committee on SURGICAL Combat Casualty Care (CoSCCC)

A discussion with Col Stacy Shackelford, MD about the Committee on SURGICAL Combat Casualty Care (CoSCCC), a new component of the Joint Trauma System (JTS). Listen to it here, through your podcast service or download our app “Deployed Medicine” The Joint Trauma System (JTS) is the Department of Defense Center of Excellence for Trauma providing…

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).

Medical Director/Oversight

This area is dedicated to physicians and medical officer who provide oversite to unit medical training and protocols. Available resources include medical literature references supporting TCCC concepts as well as CoTCCC meeting minutes and deliberation on techniques used in TCCC. This area also includes DoD and Service policies on TCCC training and equipment.

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