What is Tactical Medicine?

Tactical Medicine is the delivery of essential life support in dynamic, high threat and hazardous environments with risk to the rescuer and/ or casualty. It focusses on providing medical care from traumatic injuries in threatening situations.

What is the need in New Zealand?

New Zealand has been no stranger to large scale mass-casualty events in recent years, but tactical medicine equally applies in incidents involving one or a few casualties where a natural, or man-made, threat exists. Recent events highlight that emergency responders are placed into threatening, dynamic situations to rescue and provide aid to casualties. Civilians become victims in situations where there may be delays in medical care being provided.


At a National Level we have an obligation to continually improve the readiness of civilians, first responders and the chain of survival to decrease mortality and morbidity from these events.


What is Tactical Emergency Casualty Care?

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) is an evidence-based and best practice set of guidelines for civilian dynamic, high threat environments. Translating the medical lessons learnt over the past 20 years of international conflicts, TECC ensures that critical life saving interventions are appropriate to all demographics within the population and provides a framework for by-standers, first responders, pre-hospital and hospital based medical providers to build a chain of survival to minimise morbidity and mortality in the community. TECC guidelines are built on the foundation of military medical lessons learnt, but have undergone rigorous scientific and subject-matter expert analysis to ensure they meet the needs of the civilian community.

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What is Tactical Combat Casualty Care?

Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) is an evidence-based and hard-learnt set of guidelines for military personnel, medical teams and the deployed trauma system to use during a military conflict. It standardises care and interventions for the military population, ensuring that timely, life saving interventions are provided at a time where the mission and threat situation allows. The adoption of TCCC by the US Department of Defence and other allied nations is credited with saving the lives of many military personnel who would have otherwise suffered a preventable combat death.

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