The over use of the word Tactical

When it comes to the use of the word “tactical” in the sense of speaking about medical providers, is it over used. Seems with the world events ever operational unit is tactical to include the medical providers who support them on operations. What is a tactical medic? Is it somebody who attends a couple day or week long course and now has been deemed a tactical operator, or somebody who has operated in an operation environment for several years?

Seems in order to validate a tactical team having support medics agencies are rushing medics through any form of course just to be able to add the word “tactical” into their name. This rush to get tactical medics onto teams can eventually lead to operational failure if the men and woman supporting tactical teams are not able to work independently in an operational environment without some form of law enforcement security. The goal of a tactical medic is to be able to work independently in a hot zone, without support all the while providing the same care as if on a routine call.


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