At the International School of Tactical Medicine (ISTM) in Palm Springs, CA, tactical medical gear is an ever-evolving discussion. In the tactical medical environment we are constantly bombarded with more new equipment that we’re expected to carry. This equipment gets very heavy. Everyone wants to know what the right toolkit to have is and how to deploy it. I wish it were that simple.

tacmed1.jpgEquipment Lists Vary: We’re asked to pro­­vide standard lists of equipment needed for a tactical operation for an agency SOP. If there was a standard configuration, it would be easy. There is no single standard for the makeup of any tactical unit, much less its medical element.

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