Sending Office: Honorable Scott DesJarlais
Please join me in urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to partner with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) to implement standardized prehospital trauma care training across the US military.
The DoD has established the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) curriculum as the standard for battlefield trauma care training across the US military. When taught and practiced appropriately, TCCC gives our warfighters the best chance to survive battlefield
Unfortunately, across the services, TCCC training varies significantly. There is currently no course standardization and no assurance of course quality – or even accuracy. Multiple reports have documented alarming deficiencies including incorrect messaging,
incomplete courses, and inappropriate and dangerous activities included in the course.
These deficiencies are resulting in training that is unsuitable at best, and dangerous or life-threatening at worst.
NAEMT is a 43-year-old professional association with more than 65,000 members working in all sectors of EMS, including in the military. For more than two decades, NAEMT has worked with DoD to improve prehospital trauma care. Currently, NAEMT offers the
only TCCC courses that are recommended by the DoD Joint Trauma System; endorsed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma; and approved by the Committee on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). A formal partnership with
NAEMT would allow DoD to leverage the association’s significant expertise and existing training infrastructure to ensure our warfighters are receiving high-quality, cost-effective TCCC training.
If you would like to sign onto the letter or if you have any questions, please contact Richard Wilkins (Richard.Wilkins@mail.house.gov).
Scott DesJarlais, M.D.
Member of Congress
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