Applying Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

CAT Tourniquet
Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT)

Welcome and thank you for reading and listening to ‘Applying Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)‘ is a short episode where I share the great work done by a Texas State Trooper as he applied a tourniquet to his teammate after he was shot.

In 2015 I was an EMS Captain in Richmond, Virginia. During that time I was fortunate to be trained in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). This training built upon my experience as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. After more field experience in EMS I was fortunate to then take the instructor course and started to teach others TCCC. TCCC is critically important knowledge for all military members to have and translates well to Public Safety.

TECC is an adaptation and non-military application of the TCCC concepts. Here are the TCCC guidelines and below are the goals of TECC.

Goals of TECC:

  1. Accomplish the mission with minimal casualties
  2. Prevent any casualty from sustaining additional injuries
  3. Keep response team maximally engaged in neutralizing the existing threat (e.g.
    active shooter, unstable building, confined space HAZMAT, etc.)
  4. Minimize public harm
Listen here: Best practice in TECC in Texas in 2018

Thank you for reading “Applying Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)“. I hope this short write up, my podcast episode and Skinny Medic’s video and commentary help highlight the critical importance of knowing how to care for your teammates and yourself.

See the full video on Skinny Medic’s YouTube channel here

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