Since the moment I got involved in SOF ultrasound education (early 2015), I heard on multiple occasions that the original SOLCUS (Special Operator Level Clinical Ultrasound) program was at a transitional point in its existence. Few might have even implied that it fell off the popularity radar… I surely noticed a number of factors that possibly contributed to these opinions, yet let me refer you to the SOLCUS AAR (After-Action Report) provided by MAJ. Vasios in the Spring ’16 issue of JSOM (Journal of Special Operations Medicine). He has been there and done that! I can only add that the program is quite alive and well, but certainly in need of a few adjustments and modifications.
With the special ops medical community heading back to its roots in PFC (prolonged field care), there is no doubt that the role of POCUS (point-of-care ultrasound) will only continue to increase. It is the most versatile diagnostic and monitoring device that can be broadly applied in the resource-constrained austere environments. However, as stated in the SOLCUS update paper, we have a number of challenges to overcome! We must resolve the issues with skill sustainment, high-volume training and quality assurance, as we empower the SOF Medics with PFC-relevant ultrasound skills.
Back in February, at the Joint Trauma System Combat Casualty Tele-Conference #500 we started the SOFsono discussion! Let us continue this HOT TOPiC conversation at the upcoming Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly (#SOMSA16) in Charlotte, NC. We encourage the SOF Medics and their leadership across the respective Special Operations Commands to share their experiences and suggestions. We also invite the civilian providers with prehospital POCUS expertise to the SOFsono ROUNDTABLE!
See you in Charlotte!
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