2014 December Full Committee Meeting: Save the Date

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

2014 December Full Committee Meeting

The 2014 December Full Committee meeting will again be in conjunction with the Special Operations Medical Association Medical Conference in Tampa from December 8-11, 2014. The exact date and time of the TECC meeting during SOMA but should be in the next few weeks. Plan on attending this very informative conference as well as our open-door meeting. We want to hear your voice!

2014 TECC Guidelines Update

The 2014 TECC Guidelines update has been approved and released by the Committee. There have been changes to language regarding junctional hemorrhage, eye injuries, and triage. Make sure you are utilizing the most recent version of the Guidelines!

C-TECC Full Committee Meeting June 9-10, 2014

After much wrangling, we have finally confirmed a date for the next full committee meeting of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Care. Dr. Nelson Tang, a member of the Board of Directors, has generously offered to host this meeting through the Johns Hopkins Center for Law Enforcement Medicine in Baltimore, MD. The meeting will be held on his campus on Monday June 9 (full day), and Tuesday June 10 (half day). As always, the meeting on June 9th is open to the public. We encourage all first responders and other stakeholders to attend and participate in the discussions around the TECC guidelines. We want and need your feedback as we continue to develop the high threat operational medical guidelines. Feel free to contact the Committee with any questions.

TECC Pediatric Guidelines

Over the last 6 months, the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care through Dr. Josh Bobko and the special populations working group has been developing a specific set of pediatric TECC medical guidelines for use in high threat scenarios. Although pediatric patients are commonly involved and commonly injured, the distinct lack of evidence for the use of many trauma interventions in this population made it difficult to create a true evidenced-based set of guidelines. As such, lead by Dr. Bobko and using a combination of review of existing literature, current and anecdotal best practices, and based on pediatric specific physiology, this set of treatment guidelines was created through an expert consensus-based process.

These guidelines are draft only, and are being distributed for review and comment to the TECC stakeholders. As such, feel free to review and comment through the 'contact us' tab on the website. We will be discussing and finalizing these guidelines at the full Committee meeting in December.

v1 DRAFT Pediatric TECC Guidelines

US Fire Administration Guidance on Response to Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents

This guide is a fire and emergency medical services (EMS) resource that can be used to support planning and preparation for active shooter and mass casualty incidents. These complex and demanding incidents may be well beyond the traditional training and experience of the majority of firefighters and emergency medical technicians. The U.S. Fire Administration offers this guide as one source of many available for the public safety community, but it takes into consideration the diverse local service levels available across America. In developing the guide, we consulted with individuals and groups engaged in fire and pre-hospital emergency medical services, law enforcement, and hospital medical and trauma care. We also consulted with public safety organizations and numerous federal agencies.