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TECC After-Action Video

April 11, 2018

13 students representing seven agencies participated in SpecMed’s inaugural TECC class at Livingston County EMS on March 17-18. Some topics covered included Rescue Task Force operations and ballistic protection, TECC in fire and rescue environments, and applying tactical medical principles to more “conventional” assignments that include an element of threat. The class was presented through… Read More ›

Junctional Hemorrhage

Now that extremity tourniquets are in widespread use by the U.S. military, junctional hemorrhage is the most common cause of death from compressible hemorrhage. —Death on the Battlefield (2001-2011): Implications for the Future of Combat Casualty Care Junctional hemorrhage represents a critical area of concern in combat casualty care as improvised explosives have evolved to… Read More ›

Body Armor: Not Just for TEMS?

In September, FEMA released a guideline for EMS and fire response to active killer events, which it terms AS/MCI’s. Quoted here are the salient operational points, emphasis added: Considerations should be made for all potential first responders, including LE patrol officers, to be trained to the basic tenets of TECC. Training, equipment and protocols around… Read More ›

Hypothermia Treatment and Prevention Tools

Let’s say that you are the medic in a search party looking for someone who has been lost for several hours in upstate New York’s less-than-forgiving winter. Let’s go one step further and say that you find them, and they’re cold. What tools do you have to deal with the temperature issues? Throw a traumatic… Read More ›

A Quick Look at the King Vision

The King Vision (KV) has emerged as the prehospital video laryngoscope of choice within the local EMS regions. As such, many providers may be seeking information and training on this device. King Systems provides a series of videos offering an overview and operational guidelines on its use. Some highlights from these videos: The blade must be… Read More ›

More is Better… Right?

by Jamie Syrett, MD, FACEP. Every year in EMS we see things that we used to do for patients be pushed aside by new data that suggests what we did, actually had no impact on patient care or even worse harmed the patient. Recently we have seen MAST trousers, atropine, Lasix and even cervical collars… Read More ›