QUESTION: How many WTA members on here carry any medical equipment on their duty belt or body armor, such as an IFAK (individual first aid kit), or even just a tourniquet when out in the field?
Hello WTA members,
As a board certified physician in Emergency Medicine with a growing interest in Tactical Medicine, I would like to get an idea of how many of you can initiate self care in the field if needed?
I recently completed a two week course in tactical medicine given by Lawrence Heiskell MD, known in Emergency Medicine circles as the "grandfather of Tactical Medicine". He puts on a great class that includes weapons manipulation, participating in active shooter SWAT scenarios, medical labs and informative lectures for the tactical medic. Last week at our graduation ceremony he was awarded the first board certificate given by the American College of Tactical Medicine. This is well established in the military but has yet to become mainstream in civilian law enforcement. It is on its way and will become the national standard.
I would like to help educate the men & women in law enforcement of basic medical care related to your specific type of work as well as answer general medical questions any of you may have. I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully opening up some informative conversations!