January 16, 2019

Med Tac
Med Tac Training Program
Medical emergencies happen regularly and people of all ages can encounter them on campuses or in their daily, private lives. On average, it takes 10 minutes for a trained first responder to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency and those intervening minutes are critical.
The Medical Tactical Certificate Program (video), known as Med Tac, is an advanced first aid training and certification platform that focuses on bystander response to the most common causes of preventable death in the first few minutes before trained first responders arrive. Developed by subject matter experts from organizations including the University of Texas Police Department at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Stanford University, and the University of California at San Francisco, the Med Tac program centers on the eight most preventable health hazards to children and adults including:
  • Sudden cardiac arrest
  • Choking and drowning
  • Opioid overdose
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Major trauma and bleeding
  • Common accidents
  • Non-traffic related vehicular accidents
  • Bullying and workplace violence
Med Tac training consists of four elements, which contribute to its global accessibility.
  • Bystander care focuses on the first few lifesaving minutes of care. Research shows that if effective bystander care can be delivered to victims experiencing a medical emergency within the first three minutes, survival and permanent harm can be dramatically and positively impacted.
  • Using a blended learning approach of online education and onsite skill training by local trainers. The online program is designed to be free but accompanied by local competency instructors that are paid locally. The costs stay within the community and local leaders who agree to comply with the requirements of competency training and the Med Tac code of conduct receive free training.
  • Immersive simulations allow for real life scenarios to improve reaction times of trainees. These include making 911 calls, communicating with first responders, key task assignments, performing CPR, and using AEDs.
  • Leveraging existing teams and networks of educators and organizations is the basis for spreading the Med Tac knowledge. By collaborating with K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, scout groups, faith-based and family programs, law enforcement, and professional caregivers, a wide age range of bystanders can be trained.
College and university programs include content and online course work that addresses the specific needs of the young adult population. This includes threat scenarios such as sudden cardiac arrest, alcohol and edible marijuana poisoning, hazing, and active shooter events. Med Tac helps coordinate access to local instructors, including collegiate EMTs.
For more information or questions about Med Tac, please contact them via email.

NDAFW 2019
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week ®
Young adults can receive misinformation about drug and alcohol use through popular culture, the Internet, TV, movies, music, and social media. National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW) is January 22-27, 2019 and campus prevention practitioners can use this opportunity to educate students about drugs and alcohol using science-based information. This week-long observance, coordinated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, includes:
  • Several locally planned and school-hosted events and activities taking place across the country.
  • National Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, an annual live, online chat held with NIDA scientists where young adults can ask questions about drugs and drug misuse, drug effects, how to help friends or family that are abusing drugs, and what causes addiction.
  • Ways for partners to help promote NDAFW through adding links to resources on their websites, helping to sponsor or promote events, and spreading the word through social media and other materials.
Drug use data from 2017 shows clear differences in substance use trends between college-age adults and their non-college peers. Results from the Monitoring the Future survey show that marijuana, nicotine, and synthetic drug use is lower in college students than in their non-college peers and that alcohol use in college students is higher than in their non-college peers. NIDA provides several toolkits, resources, research, and statistics on themes including alcohol; college-aged and young adults' use; drugged driving; marijuana; MDMA; opioids and other prescription drugs; tobacco, nicotine, and e-cigarettes; and new psychoactive substances (synthetics). The general NDAFW toolkit is also available in Spanish.
Learn more about NDAFW and access additional resources on their website.

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Modernizing IT in Higher Education
Organization: Campus Technology
Date: January 29, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Sociable City Summit
Organization: Responsible Hospitality Institute
Dates: February 24-26, 2019
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents (PER-220)
Organization: Auraria Higher Education Center
Dates: March 28-29, 2019
Location: Denver, CO
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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