You may have heard me reference TCCC in articles, podcasts, or videos. TCCC, sometimes called T3C or T triple C, is a term that means tactical combat casualty care, and it represents the military’s current recommendations regarding the care of soldiers who have incurred traumatic injuries. These have been so widely accepted that many law enforcement and civilian medical personnel follow these guidelines.
And well they should. These protocols were developed at the cost of painful lessons in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is thought that there were 1000 preventable deaths in these conflicts. If you extend that to civilian injuries during the same time period, the number of preventable deaths might be in the hundreds of thousands. The TCCC’s primary goals is to save lives, prevent additional casualties, and, in true military fashion, complete the mission.
In this companion video to a previous article, Joe Alton MD discusses some core principles of the phases of care in TCCC as well as the mnemonic MARCH/PAWS, your primary and secondary survey when assessing a casualty.
To watch, click below:
Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,