Tactical Casualty Care – ONLINE
Tactical Casualty Care Online
This engaging 7.5 -hour CAPCE accredited course uses TECC/TCCC guidelines to prepare for the first few minutes of casualty evaluation in a high-risk environment.This course will give you a plan to identify and manage immediately life-threatening injuries and the knowledge and skills to implement it, while you are still engaged in an ongoing tactical problem.
Care Under Fire – Direct Threat
The course largely deals with the Care Under Fire – Direct Threat phase of an event, where any medical care is provided while the responder and casualty are in an ongoing situation that is a direct threat to life (active shooter or active violent incident, building collapse, fire, secondary explosives, etc). This phase requires efficient hemorrhage control, largely with tourniquets, and patient movement.
While most injuries are not immediately life-threatening, some injuries cause death before the arrival of EMS if not managed rapidly and correctly. Security concerns usually delay EMS in these types of events. Instead, responding law enforcement and near-by private citizens provide most life-saving care in this phase.
The course uses photographs of actual injuries, diagrams of wounds, and step-by-step demonstrations. The material is presented in an easy to understand, directly applicable way. The first time you see massive hemorrhage shouldn’t be when you’re being called on to give life-saving medical care. After taking these courses you will have a strong background to identify immediately life-threatening injuries and save lives.
This course is consistent with the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines for all combatants, as well as the guidelines for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) for Active Bystanders and Responders with a Duty to Act. The course also exceeds the Stop the Bleed curriculum.
Tactical Casualty Care Subjects Covered:
The nature and myths of gunshot wounds and realities of their medical management
How to rapidly evaluate casualties in a high-risk environment and how they affect your tactical treatment plan
The concept of “care under fire” and how it differs from a non-tactical medical situation
Assessment and management of penetrating, blunt, and blast injuries
Assessment and management of massive hemorrhage
The safe and efficient use of improvised and commercially available tourniquets
Basic airway and breathing assessment, as well as management within a high-risk environment
Clarifying the “sucking chest wound” and it’s actual significance
Techniques for moving casualties to a safer location
This course is about 80% dynamic presentation including photos, videos, and real-life examples and 20% practical skills demonstration, and filmed scenarios
No prior medical knowledge or training is necessary to attend. If you carry a firearm this is the minimum level of tactical medical training you should have. However, it would benefit every citizen.
Students receive a certificate at the course conclusion indicating they have taken a course based on the TECC/TCCC guidelines and an hourly breakdown by topic. Students who provide State or National registry information will be provided a CAPCE compliant certificate for CEH.
CAPCE Accredited Provider
This CE activity is accredited for 7.5 Basic CEH by Crisis Medicine, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education.
- Duration7.5 hours
- Skill levelNo Prior Medical Training Required
Foundational Understanding of Tactical Care: Reality Check
Bleeding Management: Separating the Dramatic From the Life Threatening
Airway, Respiration, Circulation
Implementation: Evaluation and Management of a Tactical Casualty
Evaluation & Certificate of Attendance with hours *DOWNLOADABLE*
Two Trauma Kits
A favorite quote from one of the late great defensive weapons instructors is: "I carry two trauma kits. One to cause it, one to cure it." I've lost the reference, but keep it in mind. Training for the first part is easy to find, and mostly very good (these days). Training to "cure it" is rare and fragmentary. Dr. Shertz is the real thing, and the training is impressive. I've done both EC2 and TC2. Time and money may make the decision for you, but if you are in harm's way (aren't we all?) you need this. This training was something I was amazed to find missing when I did EMT training. Most amazed since I'm antique enough that I learned tourniquets in Boy Scouts and military training 50+ years ago. The state of this art has advanced wonderfully since then. I hope this is getting to EMS, but from what I've seen I'm not confident. Of course, I can't count on help anyway. Dr. Shertz talks about a "10 minute response time" and I laugh. Where I live, it takes 10 minutes just to talk to dispatch. EMS is 45 minutes out (and probably another 15-30 to find me). Minimal hospital is 45 back (in good weather), and trauma care is 2-3 hours from there. Oh well, my choice. With this class, I have better training and can help myself and others until either we get support or self-transport. I carry two trauma kits. And, I know how to use them. Thanks to all at Crisis Med. Carry on brothers and sisters.
If you are looking for a TCCC course as initial instruction or as a refresher, this is the one. The way that the videos were setup into modules made it easy to complete while at work, in between calls for service. The videos and photographs used in the program gave a real-world look at the injuries we may encounter. Dr. Shertz's style of teaching and down-to-earth attitude made the presentations enjoyable. The wound ballistics was especially interesting as it provided insight to what type of wound you can expect from a gunshot. I would absolutely recommend this class to others, and will be looking to take the advanced course soon
Worth every penny!
I enjoyed every minute of the course. Material was presented in an organized and clear manner. The section about counterfeits and ineffective tourniquets was eye opening; especially, if you watch some other emergency medicine oriented videos and providers actually advertising these items. That information alone is extremely valuable. Based on this course and other material on this website, I purchased the medical widgets to create my own emergency kits and will be making sure my daughters learn to use tourniquets and have with them a tourniquet in their school backpacks. This information and skills should be taught in our schools and started as young as possible. On a separate note, I enjoyed Dr. Shertz's peppering the course with some dark humor.
Great Online Class
I recently renewed my NYS EMT Certification and I was on the lookout for a TCCC and/or TECC class. Unable to locate any posted yet for 2021 that wasn't a 4+ hour drive from where I live, I came across Crisis Medicine's website. I am super happy with the course and have zero regrets! In particular, I really admired how the info was presented and the context surrounding all the topics. I will encourage friends and those I train/shoot with to visit this site and get some quality training.
...Outstanding job of making the material clear and concise
Considering the complexity of the subject, Dr. Shertz does an outstanding job of making the material clear and concise. He has a passion for evidence-based care, and is able to speak with obvious experience and authority on trauma care. I enjoyed the course and will encourage others to take the TC2 course as well.