Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course Trains Sailors to Provide Life-Saving Medical Care on the Battlefield
U.S. Navy photos by Jacob Sippel, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Public Affairs
The Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course provides Sailors and Marines with knowledge and skills to provide medical care in a combat environment. Casualty care on the battlefield must be the best possible combination of good small-unit tactics and good medicine. This includes the initial, pre-hospital care for brain injury — the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal function of the brain. From 2000 to 2014, almost 314,000 service members sustained a traumatic brain injury in both training and combat — 83 percent were mild. Navy medicine is a leader in the awareness treatment and research of brain injuries.