USAMMA Works to Medically Equip the Army for Less Money
Small cost savings can add up.
The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency teamed up with Defense Health Agency, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support and Document Services to significantly reduce the cost of a common and essential tool used on the battlefield – the Tactical Combat Casualty Care card.
The TCCC card, officially known as DD Form 1380, is a single-use, double-sided form that is waterproof, tear-resistant and foldable. On the battlefield the TCCC is fastened to an injured soldier's uniform or body. The TCCC card serves as a record of trauma care rendered at the point of injury through tactical field care and pre-hospital evacuation. Later, the information collected on the TCCC card is imported into the service member's Electronic Health Record.
Previously, the TCCC cards were purchased through a vendor that sold each card for more than $3. However, in January 2017, the Navy Printing Office agreed to support the Army by printing and providing the cards for about 17 cents each – about 5 percent of the commercial rate.
The TCCC card is a component of more than 10 Army medical device unit assemblages, which means the total Army stocks thousands of TCCC cards. As cards are used, they need to be replaced by units. Since units can now purchase them for less, the estimated cost savings is more than a million dollars across the entire Army.
"This is really about readiness for the Army," said Larry Reid, USAMMA Integrated Logistics Manager. "The more efficient we can be with every dollar an Army unit has to spend, the further our resources will go."
USAMMA is a subordinate organization of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. As the Army's medical materiel developer, USAMRMC focuses on medical research, development and acquisition, and medical logistics management. USAMMA is a life-cycle management command with a mission is to develop, tailor, deliver and sustain medical materiel capabilities and data in support of readiness and healthcare operations globally.
HOW TO ORDER THE TCCC:
The Department of Defense, federal agencies, and authorized contractors may establish accounts and obtain DD Form 1380, form number 0102LF0137602 (100 each) or 0102LF0137603 (10 each), from the Defense Logistics Agency Document Services, "Navy Forms Online" web site, at https://navalforms.documentservices.dla.mil/web/public/home.
On the "Naval Forms Online" website, click on the "forms" tab and then click on "keyword search." A "search criteria" text box will open. In the "search criteria" text box, type in "DD 1380" and select "search." The DD Form 1380 will be listed in two available quantities, either 10 per pack or 100 per pack. Click on the "brown warehouse box" next to the quantity desired to connect to the "checkout" window and complete the transaction.
In the rare event customers are unable to use Defense Logistics Agency Document Services to order the DD Form 1380, the TCCC card may be procured using NSN 7540-01-647-6165 (100 Each) or NSN 7540-01-651-8602 (10 Each). Customers can contact DHA Medical Logistics Division at (301) 619-8538 if additional assistance is required.