Army to assess, revise Combat Lifesaver training
September 1, 2009
FORT MONROE, Va. (Sept. 1, 2009) -- In a fragmentary order dated Aug. 25, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command suspended intravenous training from the Combat Lifesaver Course beginning Sept. 1.
TRADOC routinely reviews and revises its courses based on experiences and feedback from operating forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said.
Medical evidence and operational lessons learned suggest that the CLS course should emphasize the critical tasks of hemorrhage control and tactical casualty movement. Currently, 70 percent of the class is spent on the IV task, officials said.
In addition, on Aug. 6, the Defense Health Board published a memorandum "Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Minimizing Preventable Fatalities in Combat" recommending additional emphasis in training on hemorrhage control.
TRADOC will assess the medical evidence and operational lessons and revise the CLS curriculum, officials said. They anticipated that the revised curriculum will be effective in January 2010.