Care under fire
- One of the three phases of care within the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines.
- Defined as care rendered to a casualty while still under active fire.
Principles of Care
- Return fire and take cover.
- Direct or expect casualty to remain engaged as a combatant if appropriate.
- Direct casualty to move to cover and apply self-aid if able.
- Try to keep the casualty from sustaining additional wounds.
- Casualties should be extricated from burning vehicles or buildings and moved to places of relative safety. Do what is necessary to stop the burning process.
- Airway management is generally best deferred until the Tactical Field Care phase.
- Stop life-threatening external hemorrhage if tactically feasible:
- Tactical Combat Casualty Care Guidelines; 2 June 2014; http://www.usaisr.amedd.army.mil/pdfs/TCCC_Guidelines_140602.pdf