In the next couple of lessons we are going to depart from the manual somewhat, in order to make this course more relevant for our use–that is, for civilian and militia use. (We recommend that you read the associated lessons in the manual anyway, to familiarize yourself with the military’s procedures.)
In Section 1 of Lesson 7 of the manual, “Initiating a Field Medical Card or TCCC Card” they talk about the old version of the U.S. Field Medical Card (DD Form 1380.) Many consider DD Form 1380 to be outdated and cumbersome to fill out. Much of the information on the form is unnecessary. In 2007 a new casualty card was introduced, DA Form 7656, which is described in Section 2 of Lesson 7 of the manual. It is this card that we will be concerned with in this lesson. (In 2014 a newer card was introduced–more on that later.)
This 4.5-inch by 6-inch card is based on the principles of tactical combat casualty care (TCCC) and addresses the initial lifesaving care provided at the point of wounding. Its format is simple, often using a circle or “X” in the appropriate block.
Every IFAK should contain one of these cards, with your personal information, i.e., Name/Unit, and ALLERGIES, already filled out in advance. When an individual becomes a casualty, the Combat Lifesaver or Medic should pull the TCCC card out of the casualty’s IFAK, and proceed with record keeping from there.
Figure 7-18 below illustrates the new TCCC cards that we will be using. The remainder of this Lesson will be concerned with correctly filling it out: