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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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A pre-hospital trauma registry for tactical combat casualty care. US Army Med Dep J.
A triple-option analgesia plan for tactical combat casualty care: TCCC guidelines change 13-04.
An evaluation of tactical combat casualty care interventions in a combat environment.
The Department of Defense Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care makes recommended changes to the TCCC Guidelines based on:
Tactical combat casualty care in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 75th Ranger Regiment adopted and integrated the principles of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) in 1999.
Most recently (2009), this card, shown in the Figure, was adopted by the US Army as DA Form 7656, Tactical Combat Casualty Care Card.
Current guidelines provided by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care advocate the control of bleeding and limited fluid resuscitation with Hextend (Hospira, Inc, Lake Forest, IL), allowing the systolic blood pressure to rise to around 80 mm HG.
Consequently, for the past decade the Tactical Combat Casualty Care committee recommended Hextend, a hetastarch based product in a balanced salt solution, as the fluid of choice for small volume resuscitation, with guidance to limit the total infusion to one liter based on the casualty's mental status or pulse character.
(6) The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care recommended military antishock trousers for hemorrhage control about the pelvic body region, (7) but effectiveness is poor, and contraindications are numerous.

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