The US Army Combat Lifesaver Course is an official medical training course conducted by the US Army. The course is intended to provide an intermediate step between the buddy aid-style basic life support taught to every soldier and the advanced life support skills that are taught to US Army Combat Medics and to US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeants ( MOS 68W and MOS 18D respectively).
- 40 hours theory & practical instruction
- 40 question written exam (pass/fail), 70% minimum score
- 30 minute practical exam (pass/fail), 100% minimum score
While a CLS certification is technically permanent, soldiers in Priority 1 units (actively-deploying brigade combat teams, for example) must retake the course once a year to retain their certification.
Scope of curriculumEdit
Aside from basic first aid, Combat Lifesavers are also taught to identify and perform the correct pre-hospital treatment for:
- Tension pneumothorax produced by a penetrating (bullet/frag) or non-penetrating (explosive barotrauma) lung injury
- Vascular hypovolemia produced by uncontrolled external hemorrhage
- External arterial hemorrhage (especially from an extremity)
- Destabilized spinal cord injuries
- Sucking chest wound produced by a penetrating (bullet/frag) chest injury
- Respiratory failure produced by a non patent airway in an unconscious or semi-conscious casualty