The Federal InterAgency Board's white paper, "Stress-Related Mental Health Issues in Emergency Responders, First Receivers, Disaster Workers, and Their Families" has been added to the resources page on the C-TECC website. We appreciate the work on this topic by the IAB and look forward to collaborating as we try to mitigate the psychological threat to first responders during high threat operations.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Transportation, has released “First Responder Guidance for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents.”
The Draft Agenda for the Spring/Summer 2015 Full Committee Meeting has been released. One important update to emphasize: due to facility request, we will not be starting the meeting until 0900 instead of the earlier posted 0830.
The spring meeting will be held in the Feinberg Pavilion at Northwest Memorial Hospital (251 E. Huron St, Chicago), from 8:30am until 5pm on Monday, June 15th and from 8:30am until 2pm on Tuesday, June 16th. A specific agenda will be provided to attendees shortly before the meeting date. Most out-of-town committee members will be lodging at the Willows Hotel (www.willowshotelchicago.com). This hotel is about 20 minutes from downtown, where the meeting will be held.
C-TECC is happy to announce that the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been awarded a $1.3 million Continuing Training Grant (CTG) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to teach Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and escorted warm zone care to first care providers and first responders across the United States. The over-arching goal of GW’s training is to better prepare citizens and responders to provide care during events where there may be a delay in response due to operational challenges and barriers, and teach responders to work in environments that they have not traditionally worked in the past.
This is the second year in a row that TECC has been a feature of the CTG award. Last year's CTG awarded to the ALERRT training program from Texas State University included TECC training for patrol officers. In this year's award, TECC is a prominent focus of the training and is another milestone as the Committee works to solidify TECC as the civilian standard for high threat medical response.
The Chairmen of C-TECC are proud to announce that the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools has accepted a liaison seat on the Board of Advisors, and that Kristina Anderson, the Executive Director of the Koshka Foundation, will be personally joining the Board of Advisors.
From the website www.KoshkaFoundation.org:
Founded after the school tragedy of Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, the Koshka Foundation was started to ensure the memory of April 16th is continued in meaningful ways.Dedicated towards impacting school safety and student education initiatives, our vision is a world that strongly believes in the power of youth and awareness as the greatest assets to a safer future.
Often, as first responders, we get focused on the tactics and details of the high risk operations in which we respond, potentially losing sight of the fact that at the other end of the operation is a young girl whose biggest decision of the day was which shoes to wear to class. Our work and preparation for high threat medical response must account for their stories as well.
Ms. Anderson is a compelling and powerful speaker with a story of survival that should be heard by all. Our hope is that this liaison with the Koshka Foundation, as well as the honor of having Kristina at the table with us, will allow the voice of the survivors, as well as those lost, to be an integral part of our process.
The Board of Directors would like to thank you all for a very successful 2014 as well as an incredibly productive winter 2014 full committee meeting!
To recap for those of you who could not attend, the meeting at SOMA this year was extremely well attended, both by our members as well as many conference attendees. The support from SOMA this year was fantastic as always, as demonstrated by how easy it was to expand our room for 325 seats to 150 seats. Thank you again to the administration and directors for the SOMA scientific assembly.
We are gearing up for next weeks meeting and are looking forward to seeing all of you at SOMA! This meeting, as with all meetings of the C-TECC, are open to the public. Although you do not have to register for the scientific assembly to attend our meeting, we highly recommend attending the full conference – the topics and sessions look very good this year, plus you can get your CME! Register here >
Our meeting is scheduled on Wednesday morning from 0730-1300 at in room 4 of the Tampa Convention Center.
Here is the tentative agenda:
0730-0745 Pledge of Allegiance and Introduction
0745-0815 First Care Provider initiative
0815-0845 UK Line9 Medic program
0845-0900 IAB report
0900-0930 XStat hemostatic tool
0930-1000 IV vs IO research
1000-1030 TECC trademark (Minch)
1030-1045 GW Continuing Training Grants Program Award
1045-1100 Public Comment
1100-1300 Guidelines Discussion and voting
- Language change proposal: adding Hot/Warm/Cold
- Review peds comments
- Working group proposal: Canine TECC
- Generic TECC slide deck resource
1300 Save Rounds and adjourn
As you can see, it will be a busy morning with a lot of good discussion as well as critical topics for the Committee as a whole to address. We look forward to seeing you there!
The December 2014 full committee meeting of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care has been set for December 10th, 0730-1330, at the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly in Tampa, Florida.
Although you do not have to register to attend our meeting, we strongly recommend that you do register with SOMA as a conference attendee to have access to all of the fantastic educational opportunities as well as CME credits. It is one of, if not the, best operationally oriented medical conferences of the year.
We will be posting the agenda for our meeting in the next month or so, but anticipate excellent discussion around some proposed TECC language changes.
The SOMA conference website is www.http://www.specialoperationsmedicine.org/Pages/scientificassembly.aspx