Tactical Combat Casualty Care
Definition/Scope: (ATTP 4-02) First responder capability can be usefully divided into the three phases called tactical combat casualty care. Tactical combat casualty care occurs during a combat mission and is the military counterpart to prehospital emergency medical treatment. Prehospital emergency medical treatment in the military is most commonly provided by enlisted personnel and includes self- and buddy aid (first aid), combat lifesaver (enhanced first aid), and enlisted combat medics in the Army, corpsmen in the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Coast Guard, and both medics and pararescuemen in the US Air Force. Tactical combat casualty care focuses on the most likely threats, injuries, and conditions encountered in combat, and on a strictly limited range of interventions directed at the most serious of these threats and conditions. The tactical combat casualty care initiative originated with US Special Operations Command. Special operations forces do not have a dedicated, designed, and equipped medical evacuation capability. Therefore, they use nonmedical platforms augmented with medical personnel to perform the evacuation function.
Narrower Terms:Care Under Fire