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Advanced Canine Tactical Medical Course

Canine Tactical Combat Casualty Care (K9TC3)

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Techline’s advanced tactical medical canine program is taught by experienced Law Enforcement – Paramedics from diverse backgrounds. The course is based on the Canine-TCCC guidelines.  The advanced canine tactical medical training program provides handlers, medics, tactical medics, and other support members with the medical skills needed to prevent and treat injuries and illnesses in working dogs. Mastery of these skills requires extensive, specialized emergency medical services training and experience in the tactical environment. This is accomplished by teaching human medical practitioners how to transfer their existing medical skills to the canine patient using both live dogs for simple procedures such as bandaging and K9 Manikins for invasive procedures. We also work with handlers to expand their medical awareness and skills.

This program covers the essential curriculum of canine pre-veterinary medicine including:

Canine patient assessment
Legal considerations
Expedient extraction and evacuation
Penetrating trauma injuries
Severe Bleeding
Blunt Trauma
Airway emergencies
Cardiac Arrest
Hypo/Hyperthermia emergencies
Tactical environment

This program is available to all emergency medical providers, tactical medics, law enforcement officers and any handler of a professional working dog. Individuals wishing to attend this training must be able to participate in intensive training lasting up to ten hours per day and must not have any medical restrictions. Handlers are encouraged to bring their canines to training provided they have appropriate vehicle kennels able to securely house the canine and protect them from hot and cold environments.


Length: 16 hours

Cost: $850.00 (Public Safety/Military Discount Available)

Target Audience: K9 Handlers, TEMS/SWAT Medics

Course Objectives:

•EXPLAIN the differences between tactical and civilian
pre-hospital trauma care
•DESCRIBE the key factors influencing tactical casualty
•UNDERSTAND how Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines are developed
•DESCRIBE the 3 phases of care in Tactical Combat Casualty Care
•DESCRIBE the role of situational awareness and tactical awareness in the prevention of trauma in a tactical setting.
•DEMONSTRATE techniques that can be used to quickly move casualties to cover when scene becomes unsafe or tactical need requires such action.
•EXPLAIN patient assessment in the Care Under Fire phase.
•EXPLAIN the rationale for early use of a tourniquet to control life threatening extremity bleeding during Care Under Fire.
•DEMONSTRATE the appropriate application a commercially available tourniquet to the arm and leg.
•EXPLAIN why immobilization of the cervical spine is not a critical need in casualties with penetrating trauma to the neck or back without signs of neurological deficit.
• STATE the common causes of altered states of consciousness in a tactical situation.
• STATE why a casualty with an altered state of consciousness should be disarmed.
• DESCRIBE airway control techniques and devices appropriate to the Tactical Field Care phase.
• DEMONSTRATE the recommended procedure for surgical cricothyroidotomy.
• LIST the criteria for the diagnosis of tension pneumothorax on the battlefield.
• DESCRIBE the diagnosis and initial treatment of tension pneumothorax on the battlefield.
• DEMONSTRATE the appropriate procedure for needle decompression of the chest.
• DESCRIBE the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage in tactical field care.
• DEMONSTRATE the correct application of hemostatic agents
• DEMONSTRATE the appropriate procedure for initiating a rugged IV field setup.
• STATE the rationale for obtaining intraosseous access in tactical casualties.
• DEMONSTRATE the appropriate procedure for initiating an intraosseous infusion.
• STATE the tactically relevant indicators of shock in tactical settings.
• DESCRIBE the pre-hospital fluid resuscitation strategy for hemorrhagic shock in casualties.
• DESCRIBE the management of penetrating eye injuries.
• DESCRIBE how to prevent blood clotting problems resulting from hypothermia.
• DESCRIBE the appropriate use of pulse oximetry in prehospital tactical casualty care
• STATE the pitfalls associated with interpretation of pulse oximeter readings
• LIST the recommended agents for pain relief in tactical settings along with their indications, dosages, and routes of administration
• DESCRIBE the rationale for early antibiotic intervention on combat casualties.
• DISCUSS the management of burns in Tactical Field Care
• EXPLAIN why cardiopulmonary resuscitation is not generally used for cardiac arrest in tactical trauma care.
• DESCRIBE the procedure for documenting care with a Casualty Card.
• DESCRIBE the appropriate procedures for providing trauma care for wounded hostile combatants.
•DESCRIBE the differences between MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation) and CASEVAC (Casualty Evacuation)
•DESCRIBE triage at a multiple casualty incident 
•DESCRIBE the four evacuation categories of casualties
•DESCRIBE the differences between Tactical Field Care and Tactical Evacuation Care
•LIST the nine items in a MEDEVAC request
•DESCRIBE the additional assets that may be available for airway management, electronic monitoring, and fluid resuscitation
•STATE the rules of thumb for calling for Tactical Evacuation and the importance of careful calculation of the risk/benefit ratio prior to initiating the call
•DEMONSTRATE methods of preparing a patient for aeromedical transport
•DEMONSTRATE use of the TALON III Stretcher 
•DEMONSTRATE use of an Improvised Stretcher 

Understand what the Pre-veterinary care act entails

Understand and Explain the differences between human and canine anatomy

Understand and Explain differences between human and canine physiology

Demonstrate Knowledge of the phases of care as per the CoTCCC

Demonstrate Knowledge of all aspects of Canine “MARCH”

Demonstrate the ability to safely approach and restrain canine using appropriate techniques

Demonstrate the ability to perform a neurological assessment on canine

Identify canine IM injection sites

Understand the canine vascular system

Demonstrate the ability to perform an “On the move assessment”

Demonstrate the ability to perform a head to tail assessment

Understand canine’s respiratory system

Demonstrate the ability to obtain canine respiration rate

Demonstrate the ability to obtain canine pulse

Demonstrate the ability to evaluate canine circulation

Demonstrate the ability to obtain canine temperature

Demonstrate the ability to evaluate canine’s hydration level

Demonstrate the ability to care for canine minor bleeding

Demonstrate the ability to treat canine thoracic chest trauma

Demonstrate the ability to treat massive hemorrhage in canine

Demonstrate the ability to manage a canine’s compromised airway

Demonstrate the ability to perform canine CPR

Understand what bloat is and how it affects canine

Demonstrate the ability to treat canine for bloat

Demonstrate the ability to start intravenous access on canine

Demonstrate the ability to gain intraosseous access on canine

Understand heat emergencies in canine

Understand concepts of Evaporation, Conduction, Convection, Radiation and Activity in canines

Demonstrate treatment of heat emergency in canine

Demonstrate appropriate treatment of ocular trauma

Demonstrate appropriate splinting of canine extremities

Understand analgesia considerations and dosages in canine

Understand clinical signs and treatment of toxic ingestion in canines



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