TCCC Combat Lifesaver (TCCC CLS) Tier 2 40-hour course
TCCC Combat Lifesaver (TCCC CLS) Tier 2 is a 40-hour course introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield.
Tactical Combat Casualty Care Combat Lifesavers (TCCC CLS) curriculum developed by the Joint Trauma System, part of the Defense Health Agency. It is intended to familiarize military personnel with TCCC principles, concepts, and critical skills to ensure they are adequately prepared to render medical aid to a trauma casualty.
Instruction includes advanced skills needed to treat the most common causes of death on the battlefield, which are massive hemorrhage and airway/respiratory problems, as well as identification and treatment of other associated but not immediate life-threatening injuries. The idea is to ensure that in the absence of a combat medic or corpsman, the CLS will be able to replicate some (though not all) of the techniques for their squad until the patient(s) can be evacuated to definitive care (i.e. an aid station or field hospital) or a medic arrives to take over.
TCCC courses use the PHTLS Military textbook and are fully compliant with the Department of Defense’s Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) guidelines. It is the only TCCC course endorsed by the American College of Surgeons.
NAEMT’s TCCC course is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and recognized by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).