ІІ International Conference on Tactical Medicine in Ukraine: “Introduction of Tactical Medicine into Military and Law Enforcement Academic Institutions and Training Programs”
Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine,
March 24-25, 2016
The Second International Conference on Tactical Medicine in Ukraine “Introduction of Tactical Medicine into Military and Law Enforcement Academic Institutions and Training Programs” (hereinafter referred to as the Conference), was organized by the NGO Patriot Defence and the Ukrainian World Congress with the participation of the National Academy and the Military Medical Department of the Security Service of Ukraine.
Over 150 participants from Ukraine, Europe, the USA, Canada, and around the globe attended the conference. Participants included the heads of the medical departments of the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service, the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine, the State Guard of Ukraine and other security structures, members of volunteer battalions and volunteer organizations, representatives of military universities, military attaches of NATO member-states, representatives of US-EUCOM and the Canadian Armed Forces, and tactical medicine experts from the USA, Germany, and elsewhere.
An exhibition of foreign and domestic goods related to tactical medicine also took place in conjunction with the Conference.
The Conference program consisted of thematic panels, discussions, and presentations by international and Ukrainian experts.
The Conference participants recognize that the development and standardization of tactical medicine in Ukraine are of the utmost importance and a matter of national security. Accordingly, the following recommendations were outlined by the Conference participants at the conclusion of the Conference:
1. Utilize all available resources to raise awareness in Ukrainian society and at the government level about the importance of the development and standardization of tactical medicine, including utilizing mass media and programs of enlightenment by NGO’s.
2. Establish an Association of Tactical Medicine comprised of representatives of civilian and military medicine and NGOs, which would be engaged in the development of standards in tactical medicine based on international experience and evidence-based medicine, as well as controlling its implementation and execution, and providing certification for tactical medicine instructors.
3. Task the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense, international and Ukrainian experts to implement national standards of tactical medicine based on ТССС protocols.
4. Organize and implement an effective system of data collection, analysis and dissemination in the security forces and agencies, and subsequently implement all the necessary changes in the tactical medicine system based on experience and evidence-based medicine.
5. Adapt prehospital training programs in the security forces and agencies to include the appropriate ТССС protocols (military) and ТЕСС (law enforcement).
6. Introduce amendments to the corresponding laws and regulations regarding tactical medicine training for service personnel, cadets and students of military higher education institutions, defining the standards for personnel and material support of the education process.
7. Create a forum where representatives of all the security forces and agencies, along with international and Ukrainian experts, could discuss the existing tactical medicine curricula, provide content analysis, assess effectiveness, and establish standardization of the training programs.
8. Require tactical medicine training implementation in accordance with ТССС (military) or ТЕСС (law enforcement) protocols in all military higher education institutions taking into account existing successful Ukrainian and Western programs.
9. Implement a standardized, professional-level tactical medicine instructor course and refresher course recognized and endorsed by all the security forces and agencies, as well as military higher education institutions, and establish a national certification process for tactical medicine instructors.
10. Provide for the financial needs of the tactical medicine instructor courses and refresher courses, also ensuring material resource support for the courses.
11. Due to the increasing threat of terrorist attacks and the ongoing Anti-Terrorist Operation in East Ukraine, use all resources, including both government agencies and NGO’s, to train personnel who are required to provide prehospital care, including those that provide care to the civilian population.
12. Promote the establishment of interagency tactical medicine training centers.
13. Expedite and simplify the process of certifying medical equipment in Ukraine for those devices already certified in the United States of America and the European Union.
The Resolutions were approved on March 25, 2016 at the final session of the Conference in the main building of the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, Ukraine.