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Dr. David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAEMS

Tactical and Disaster Medicine

David K. Tan, MD, EMT-T, FAEMS, is associate professor and chief of EMS in the division of emergency medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is double board-certified in Emergency Medicine and EMS Medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Tan remains very active in EMS at the local, state and national levels as an operational medical director for local police, fire and EMS agencies. He is chairman of the Metropolitan St. Louis Emergency Transport Oversight Commission, vice-chairman of the Missouri State Advisory Council on EMS, and president of the National Association of EMS Physicians. Dr. Tan is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. He also provides medical direction to and the EMS1 Academy.

EMS providers will be called upon to mitigate the effects of bombings and other incidents involving the use of explosive devices
Follow the mantra “a patient isn’t dead unless they are warm and dead” based on assessment findings and knowing resuscitation contraindications
ICS, communications and pre-staging EMS personnel and equipment were critical components of the presidential candidate debate at Washington University
EMS personnel must be familiar with the types of body armor and its practical on-duty use during patient assessment and care
Organize your trauma kit so regular intravenous catheters are not mixed with catheters with backflow preventing or blood control valves
EMS organizations and personnel should use this as an opportunity to review infection control and ambulance disinfection procedures
The EMS providers on the RTF focus on care of the victims while tactical medics focus on needs of the SWAT team
Rescuers need to anticipate specific medical problems and patient needs as they prepare to encounter patients in a collapsed structure or debris pile