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

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Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Adam Leal, right, Naval Hospital Jacksonville Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) instructor, shows Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Todd Gullickson, a Sailor attached to USS West Virginia (SSBN 736 Blue Crew), how to establish an airway on a trauma trainer mannequin. Combat care training includes brain injury. Navy medicine is a leader in the awareness, treatment and research of brain injuries.

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.

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A Naval Hospital Jacksonville hospital corpsman maneuvers through an obstacle course, while carrying a mock patient, to simulate operating in a combat environment as part of the hospital’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course. TCCC trains Sailors to provide life-saving medical care on the battlefield. This includes care for brain injuries. Navy Medicine is a leader in the awareness, treatment and research of brain injuries.
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Seaman Ru Lui treads through water during a field training exercise at Naval Hospital Jacksonville’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course. TCCC trains Sailors to deliver pre-hospital casualty management in combat and tactical environments. This includes care for traumatic brain injury-the result of a blow or jolt to the head that disrupts the normal function of the brain.