A study of prehospital medical documentation by military medical providers during precombat training

Adam B. McGarry, Jeffrey C. Mott, Russ S. Kotwal

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Abstract

Documentation of medical care provided is paramount for improving performance and ultimately reducing morbidity and mortality. However, documentation of prehospital trauma care on the battlefield has historically been suboptimal. Modernization of prehospital documentation tools have aligned data and information to be gathered with up-to-date treatment being rendered through Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) protocols and practices. Our study was conducted to evaluate TCCC Card completion, and accuracy of card completion, by military medical providers conducting precombat training through the Tactical Combat Medical Care Course. Study results do not show a deficiency in TCCC documentation training as provided by this course which should translate to adequate ability to accurately document prehospital trauma care on the battlefield. Leadership emphasis and community acceptance is required to increase compliance with prehospital documentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of special operations medicine : a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals
Volume15
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

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