What is C-TECC?
The Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) guidelines are a set of best practice recommendations for casualty management during civilian tactical and rescue operations. Based upon the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), TECC accounts for the differences in the civilian environment, resources, patient population, and scope of practice from the military combat environment of TCCC. The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) is modeled after the Committee for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) and is comprised of a broad range of interagency operational and academic leaders in the practice of high threat medicine and fire/rescue from across the nation, including members from emergency medicine, emergency medical services, police, fire, and the military special operations community. C-TECC remains an independent civilian entity but maintains a close relationship with CoTCCC for guidance and support.
Taking into account that wounding patterns and mechanisms of injury may be similar in civilian incidents involving ballistic and explosive wounding, TECC recommends treatment modalities based on the situation and available assets. The primary TCCC tenants of placing far forward timely medical care, and doing the right thing at the right time, are also paramount in the TECC guidelines. As with TCCC, TECC is divided into three phases of care based on the relationship of the provider, the casualty, and the threat.
Considerable expertise and effort has gone into the development of a civilian operational medical standard in parallel to the successful guidelines of Tactical Combat Casualty Care. Known as Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, this new standard utilizes data and experiences from the military and accounts for the differences of operating in the civilian sector. The TECC guidelines will continue to be updated using evidence-based medical best practices and will remain under the custodianship of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.
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GoalsThe goals of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care include:
- To balance the threat, civilian scope of practice, differences in civilian population, medical equipment limits, and variable resources for response to atypical emergencies
- To establish a framework that balances risk:benefit ratio for all civilian operational medical response
- To provide guidance on medical management of preventable deaths at or near the point of wounding
- To miniminize provider risk while maximizing patient benefit