Ohio med school program provides care for police on front lines

The tactical emergency division applies on-the-scene trauma care to civilian settings


By Susan J. Landers
American Medical News

DAYTON, Ohio — "Officer down" isn't just dialog from a TV police drama for physicians in Wright State University's Division of Tactical Emergency Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. Instead, those words may signal the real-life need to sprint to the side of a wounded police officer.

The emergency medicine department at Wright's Boonshoft School of Medicine has provided specialized support to local law enforcement agencies for about 15 years. In July, a new division was created to better organize the department's teams of physicians and extend services to other agencies.

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