A topic I’m very interested in is Tactical medicine, and here’s a trauma surgeon putting it to work: Former Firefighter/Paramedic Turns SWAT Team Doctor in Dallas
Dallas SWAT officers are now more likely to survive an injury thanks to emergency medical support from a full time, tactically trained trauma surgeon.
Some other SWAT teams around the country are served by doctors on a volunteer or part time basis, but Dallas officials know of no other major city that has a doctor dedicated to the team full time.
"I’m the first physician who’s every day job is to be on a major metropolitan SWAT team," said Dr. Alex Eastman. He’s on call 24 hours a day and deploys alongside SWAT officers in order to provide immediate, comprehensive medical care at the scene of an emergency. He said he has the same training as the rest of the team.
"It’s just that my job is not to go out there and be a police officer. My job is to go out there and take care of these guys," he said.
I did a senior resident project on this topic and think it would have yielded major dividends in some of the ‘active shooter’ mass casualties, like Columbine.
I have other thoughts on this, and I’ll get ot them soon.