Dr. John Meade
Director of Tactical Medicine
In 2010, I introduced a radically new class into the Suarez International curriculum: Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator (TMCO). This class was designed to be a gunfighting class, not just a classroom first aid class like so many others teach. My idea was to teach how to respond to the potentially lethal encounter and be able to not only win the gunfight, but also avoid dying from wounds received during the fight. The class teaches both halves of the situation, the gunfight and the medical care, in an integrated fashion.
As obvious to me as it was that we needed the TMCO class, it was also obvious that we needed a book to accompany the class. While no book can replace the guided instruction of a class, having a text would be very helpful. The book could serve as material for preparation prior to the class, as notes so the student would be able to pay more attention during the class and as review material afterwards. The realist in me had to admit that everyone in the English-speaking world would not sign up for a TMCO class, so the book needed to be able to stand on its own, as well, and be able to provide lifesaving information for those who could not attend the class.
I am an experienced Emergency Medicine/Trauma doctor, and a member of a police SWAT team. I train SWAT medics, street paramedics and EMT’s, and oversee multiple EMS agencies. I decided that two brains were better than one for this project, however, and approached a friend who is an active duty Special Forces military combat medic to co-author the book with me. He has spent most of the last decade treating gunshot wounds and other traumatic injuries on overseas battlefields, and would be able to bring another set of experiences to the project. Between the two of us, we bring a combination of civilian, military, law enforcement, hospital, and out-of-hospital perspectives.
The focus of this book is the same as the TMCO class: the “Average Joe” who finds himself suddenly in an unexpected violent encounter. This man certainly doesn’t consider himself to be a medically trained special operator. Instead, he is someone who realizes that, just as with his shooting skills, he needs to have skill to help save someone’s life, perhaps his own, in the aftermath of shooting or other traumatic event. We call that man the “CCW Operator”. He doesn’t have a team medic nearby. He must show the same self-reliance that got him through the initial incident. The book, and the class, are infused with the same TCCC (Trauma Combat Casualty Care) principles that are now being taught to military medics. We believe that the skills and mindset needed by the average guy robbed at his local bank ATM machine are the same as those needed by the cop pinned down in an inner city apartment complex hallway, or a soldier caught in an ambush in Iraq.
The result of this joint effort is BEATING THE REAPER!! Volume 1: Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator. It is available now exclusively at the One Source Tactical store. Topics in the book include tactics, hemorrhage control, shock, airway management, chest injuries and musculoskeletal injuries. We also discuss various pieces of medical gear that we strongly recommend, and other gear that we strongly recommend that you avoid.
We are already at work on Beating The Reaper: Volume Two. Volume 1 is appropriate to everyone, but especially addresses how to handle things when all you have is a pistol in a reactive gunfight. Volume 2 will focus on things that are more pertinent to teams, such as military, police, and even families that train together. Armor, more medical gear, and a higher level of medical treatment will be discussed.