Tactical Medicine Essentials

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Medical support for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) units is different from civilian EMS in many ways. A tactical medical provider (TMP) is charged with providing life-saving care to downed SWAT officers and taking measures to defend against criminal suspects. Mastery of these skills requires extensive, specialized tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) training and experience in the tactical environment.

Designed for EMS and medical professionals of all levels of training, Tactical Medicine Essentials provides the foundation needed to create world-class TMPs. Written by an experienced team of authors from diverse backgrounds, this text covers the essential curriculum of tactical medicine, including tactical patient assessment, expedient extrication and evacuation, and self-defense skills. It also goes into depth about the specialized equipment and techniques used by medical professionals with TEMS training and certification. Tactical Medicine Essentials thoroughly prepares medical professionals to safely accompany a SWAT unit into the tactical environment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763778217
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 10/20/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 983,611
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    Excellent Book!

    "This book is really awesome. I love the 350-plus full color high resolution photos of real-world bloody gunshot wounds and other trauma. It has multiple chapters that explain step-by-step how to perform every basic and advanced medical procedure that may be needed in a combat environment. The author's credentials are excellent and they have years of experience behind them. The book has over 90 contributing editors / reviewers from throughout the world. Its definitely the best book of its type available. One author (Dr. Campbell) is the founder / director of BTLS / International Trauma Life Support, and another author (Dr. Heiskell) leads and directs the only tacmed school in the world authorized / accepted by the Department of Homeland Security. Another author (Dr. Wipfler) has done special ops with US Secret Service, US Marshals, and supports 3 SWAT teams, over 115 SWAT callouts. This book is also endorsed / supported by the American College of Emergency Physicians, so you know it's excellent quality. Overall a great book and highly recommend it!

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Excellent EMS Text

    I am involved in EMS education for a large foreign company. Part of these duties involves the training of our security forces that have tactical responsibilities. Having been forced to "make do" with standard EMS texts for several years, it is very nice to finally have a text that is directed at the tactical environment. After a pilot course with which the text was evaluated, it has become our standard text for tactically related EMS matters. I highly recommend it for those with tactical EMS training or response responsibilities.

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  • Posted November 20, 2010

    Highly Recommended - must check it out!!!

    I work for a global company in the geology field & have had to revamp & update our EMS Training. This is difficult at best as some of our people are working in areas w/unstable gov'ts. This textbook has made the change and transition very painless. It covers more situations than your typical EMT Textbooks. It has been a true help to my people in the classroom & the field. More info, easy to read, teach & apply than any other textbook I have looked at, in fact I have a copy on my shelf at home, cause you never know!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2010


    Very well setup book. Information is great for the beginner to the advanced SWAT Medic. whether your are starting a team or "tweaking" an established team this book is a great help.

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