Quote from the Journal of the American Medical Association “A command-directed casualty response system that trains all personnel in Tactical Combat Casualty Care and receives continuous feedback from prehospital trauma registry data facilitated Tactical Combat Casualty Care performance improvements centered on clinical outcomes that resulted in unprecedented reduction of killed-in-action deaths, casualties who died of wounds, and preventable combat death. This data-driven approach is the model for improving prehospital trauma care and casualty outcomes on the battlefield and has considerable implications for civilian trauma systems.”JAMA link to Combat Medicine Training Value
Kotwal RS, Montgomery HR, Kotwal BM, Champion HR, Butler FK, Mabry RL, Cain JS, Blackbourne LH, Mechler KK, Holcomb JB. Eliminating Preventable Death on the Battlefield. Arch Surg. 2011;146(12):1350-1358. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.213
This thesis examines the question Can law enforcement officers across multiple jurisdictions benefit from lessons learned in combat environments about medical training It compares the medical training requirements of U.S. military forces with those of various police units. It specifically investigates how military lessons in tactical medicine pertain to the various police departments medical training requirements. The study finds that the main lesson police officers can take from the military is to build community-specific medical training based on unique law enforcement needs and available assets. The military attempts to use hard data surrounding soldiers work environments, access to medical care, and common modes of injury to design its medical training. Police officers should also design law-enforcement-specific medical training based on their assets and specific work environment. Additionally, a more detailed reporting system regarding police officer fatalities would support the officers data collection, which would likely help improve police officer tactical medical training.