Polish Armed Forces paramedic qualifications under State Medical Rescue Act regulations and requirements of contemporary battlefield medicine
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Wojskowe Centrum Kształcenia Medycznego w Łodzi, Wydział Dydaktyczny; komendant: płk lek. Zbigniew Aszkielaniec
Submission date: 2017-02-06
Publication date: 2017-03-13
LW 2017;95(2):186-194
The Act of September 25, 2015 on amending the State Medical Rescue Act, the Act on Medical Activity and the Act amending the Act on Medical Activity and some other acts, has introduced a number of significant amendments extending the qualifications of paramedics. Pursuant to the amendment, paramedics received the right to practice their profession within the structures of the Polish Armed Forces, and not, as to date, only on the basis of the State Medical Rescue. The new legal regulations have a major impact on the range of the medical support for soldiers during their service in peacetime and on a battlefield. To answer the question if the received rights are sufficient for pre‑hospital care of the wounded soldiers, they were compared to medical standards described in guidelines of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), considered worldwide as the gold standard in the battlefield care for wounded soldiers. At the same time, the paper is an attempt to implement the TCCC guidelines in Polish conditions, where the scope of medical support is limited by the State Medical Rescue Act.
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