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Tactical Element

Combat Lifesaver

Combat Lifesaver is conducted in accordance with the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines as prescribed by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC), and in strict adherence with the United States Army Medical Department and Center and Schools (AMEDDCS), specifically the Center for Deployment Medicine (CDPM); and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

Tactical Combat Casualty Care course objectives include; however, are not limited to:

  • Care Under Fire
  • Tactical Field Care
  • Tactical Evacuation (TACEVAC) Care

In addition to the most current Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines, Combat Lifesaver course objectives include; however, are not limited to:

  • Performing Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • Evaluating a Casualty
  • Opening and Managing a Casualty’s Airway
  • Treating Penetrating Chest Trauma and Decompressing a Tension Pneumothorax
  • Controlling Bleeding
  • Initiating a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Card (including DD 1380)
  • Requesting a Medical Evacuation
  • Evacuating a Casualty Using a SKED or Improvised Litter

32 Hours

Instructors assigned to the Combat Lifesaver course are seasoned tactical law enforcement operator/medics, or tactical medics in direct support of tactical law enforcement and military operations, possessing verified and documented experience in the delivery of care in all three (3) phases of Tactical Combat Casualty Care, to include Tactical Paramedic-Certified.

Instructor Training Jackets (ITJ) are maintained by Tactical Element and available for review.

United States Army Institute for Professional Development Combat Lifesaver

1. United States Army medical programs-of-instruction are conducted in accordance with the United States Army Medical Department Center & Schools (AMEDDC&S) Department of Emergency Medical Services and Center for Pre-Deployment Medicine (CPDM); and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Guidelines as prescribed by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC).

2. Texts

  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines

3. During Tactical Operations Series programs of instruction the goal is to train as close as possible to reality.  Live irritants and impact weapons are not allowed.  Unless otherwise advised, service ammunition and weapons are neither necessary nor permitted at any training site, at any time during any Tactical Element program of instruction!