You carry a firearm professionally or personally to provide a layer of safety.
If you’re around firearms long enough, you will see someone get shot; whether a negligent discharge or a use of force.
Tactical Casualty Care is the minimum level of tactical medical training anyone who is around firearms,
professionally or personally should take. The 7.5-hour course focuses primarily on the Care Under Fire or Direct Threat phase of an event, where both the responder and the injured are still in a dynamic, threatening environment. Learn how to quickly evaluate the injured, focus on what’s most important, manage massive hemorrhage, and stop preventable death with minimal equipment.
In an active violent incident, First Responders will arrive in 4-10 minutes after the first 911 call. Recent events show us how much can go wrong in that time period.
Injured can bleed to death from massive hemorrhage in less than five minutes.
How far away is EMS? If medical care arrives after that time, you will watch your loved one, your hunting buddy, or your neighbor bleed to death. You don’t have to. Using minimal equipment and straightforward techniques, you can be the help before help arrives to provide hemorrhage control, address chest injuries, and avoid increased mortality from hypothermia.
In 2015, the White House launched a campaign to encourage every American to obtain life-saving training in hemorrhage control: Stop the Bleed. This training is an hour or two long and may help some casualties. Communities with more citizens who are trained to help in an emergency are more resilient. By carrying a firearm, you’ve already made the decision to be part of the solution. Medical training of these skills diversifies your effectiveness and makes you more versatile.
For those who want a more robust skill set than an hour or two class, Crisis Medicine provides a 7.5-hour online course that teaches you more than just tourniquet training. You’ll learn what to do, how to do it, and how best to address many of these critical injuries with minimal equipment, while the event is ongoing, and when the casualty will most need your help.
Crisis Medicine offers you classes taught by a former Army Special Forces Medic who has been a practicing, board-certified emergency medicine physician for twenty years. You’ll learn the science behind the techniques so you really understand what needs to be done and can do it under stress, as well as the tactics to keep you safe while you treat casualties. Learn the realities of what gunshot wounds do in the body and to the body, and debunk many common myths and urban legends.
You’ll watch dynamic lectures based on published medical literature, interwoven with photographs, real-world events from World War II through the Global War on Terror and domestic events. Learn the science and learn to separate the bunk behind wound ballistics from the science. You’ll then have the opportunity to see hands-on demonstrations of the techniques, with step by step instructions, close-ups of technique, and big picture considerations. Lastly, you’ll have the opportunity to see all the skills put together in scenarios directly applicable to your everyday life.
OUR STUDENTS' EXPERIENCE
I was in your Tactical First Aid class in June of 2016. I loved the class, both lectures and demos. A wealth of information designed to allow us to make good decisions when shit goes wrong. 734 days later, last Saturday, I was at the range for a steel challenge match and ended up addressing a 9mm ball round through a guy’s thigh. I was so glad I took that class. I was so glad that I took YOUR class. Thank you for all the help.
The guy is fine. What struck me after the fact was that I didn’t consciously decide to take action, I just hauled ass around the berm and found myself gloved up and cutting a dude’s pants. It wasn’t a matter of confidence, more a deeper sense of duty (or maybe I just relished the opportunity). Your class made me a better person simply by triggering a more worthwhile response.
Thomas Alldredge | Mechanical Design Engineer, B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc.
Spent the last three days attending Crisis Medicine’s Advanced Tactical Casualty Care course. In a few words, an outstanding course taught by a top-tier instructor. By the third day, participants were repeatedly handling arterial hemorrhaging from realistic gunshot wounds, penetrating chest and wounds, even amputations, and eviscerations in multiple stress based scenarios with LOTS of training blood and drama-inducing injury props, all under the watchful eyes of very highly experienced special operations medics and chief instructor Dr. Mike Shertz.
I have taken Crisis’ one day, [in-person] TCC class in 2010 as well as the [in-person] Advanced TC2 class in 2014, both through Insights Training Center. I cannot speak highly enough of Mike’s pedagogical approach, from the quality and depth of the instructional content to his ability as a speaker and a hands-on instructor to engage his audience and impart new skills and knowledge. I’ve taken classes with several of the “big names” in tactical training and Mike is among the best instructors with whom I’ve been fortunate to train. In TC2, Mike skillfully interleaved lecture material and hands-on labs. Let’s face it, few people want to sit in a room listening to someone talk, but Mike kept it completely engaging and always just the right length before breaking or transitioning to a hands-on practical session to drill the material further. I did not feel a single minute was ‘wasted time’ or find myself glancing at a watch. The final day of ATC2 was purely scenario-based training and from the facility used to the realistic makeup/practical effects employed to simulate trauma to the those who played victims in the drills, every bit was absolutely top-notch. It was one of the best training experiences I’ve ever had and provided me with simple, effective life-saving tools I hope never to employ. I cannot recommend Mike and Crisis Medicine highly enough.