It is fitting to be writing and recording this review on the 4th of July. This is a salute to my brothers and sisters in the military and to ensure all of those in harm’s way receive the best possible care. Since 9/11, members of the armed forces have seen continuous combat operations for over 16 years. The price in blood and treasure for the longest conflict in US history has been steep.
Thankfully an injured Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine today has the best possible chance of survival in the history of armed conflict. The current rate of survival of over 92% for combat injuries is astounding. The reasons for the high survival rate are multi-factorial, from better protection in vehicles and personal protection gear such as body armor, to rapid evacuation times, to access to quality combat surgery, forward blood products, etc. However, one of the most effective has been the systematic use of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) guidelines. Variants of these guidelines are taught to every military member (such as how to use a tourniquet) to more advanced treatments such as needle decompression and administration of tranexemic acid (TXA) by medics to casualty care at Role I/Role II and Combat Support Hospitals. This standardization of treatment has revolutionized military medicine and saved countless lives. Previously, these guidelines were only available online, but now the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the committee that produces the TC3 guidelines have created an app for providers. This app contains the entire guideline along with videos of every combat medicine procedure from tourniquets to chest tubes along with study guides and podcasts all in one app.
Evidence based medicine
The app contains the most current version of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) guidelines, which function as the “bible” of military combat medicine for providers deployed downrange. The guidelines have been credited with saving hundreds, if not thousands, of military members over the last 16 years of continuous combat. Additionally, the app contains videos of all the critical combat procedures described in the guidelines, PDFs for all key references and quality podcasts discussing key issues with the practice of deployed medicine. The app is produced by the Defense Health Agency and content is by the guideline authors/committee.
Who would benefit from this App?
All military healthcare providers, at any level of training. Any healthcare provider who may encounter combat trauma or mass casualty type injuries including students, NP’s, PA’s, EMTs, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, and Critical Care providers.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.
- Contains PDF and detailed content on the current 2017 TC3 guidelines.
- High quality videos and reference PDFs fully downloadable onto device.
- Available for Android.
- Organization of content could be easier to navigate.
- Only one study guide provided at this time.
- Initially can be challenging to log in/set-up account.
Deployed Medicine may become the ultimate combat medicine app for military and non-military providers. It contains the most current Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TC3) guidelines and high quality videos of nearly all of the standard procedures medics and other first responders, as well as what emergency and primary care providers must be familiar with in the deployed environment. Home run!
- Overall Score
- User Interface
App content could be slightly better organized, but it is easy enough to navigate and get back to different sections.
- Multimedia Usage
App is filled with high quality videos of medical trauma procedures, PDFs of key guidelines podcasts, and references.
App is free.
- Real World Applicability
Deployed Medicine can be used immediately by an military provider at home or deployed downrange. The content and videos are likely also applicable to many non-military emergency providers or anyone interested in the care of combat trauma patients.
- Device Used For Review
iPhone 6S running iOS 10.3.2
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