Ethical considerations in embedding a surgeon in a military or civilian tactical team

Lewis J. Kaplan, Mark D. Siegel, Alexander Eastman, Lisa M. Flynn, Stanley H. Rosenbaum, David C. Cone, David P. Blake, Jonathan Mulhern

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Abstract

Abstract Tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) bring immediate medical support to the inner perimeter of special weapons and tactics team activations. While initially envisioned as a role for an individual dually trained as a police officer and paramedic, TEMS is increasingly undertaken by physicians and paramedics who are not police officers. This report explores the ethical underpinnings of embedding a surgeon within a military or civilian tactical team with regard to identity, ethically acceptable actions, triage, responsibility set, training, certification, and potential future refinements of the role of the tactical police surgeon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-588
Number of pages6
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

Keywords

  • emergency medical services
  • tactical emergency medical services
  • tactical medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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    Kaplan, L. J., Siegel, M. D., Eastman, A., Flynn, L. M., Rosenbaum, S. H., Cone, D. C., Blake, D. P., & Mulhern, J. (2012). Ethical considerations in embedding a surgeon in a military or civilian tactical team. Prehospital and disaster medicine, 27(6), 583-588. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049023X12001112