Not that POCUS (point-of-care ultrasound) is any kind of novelty in Special Operations Medicine. It’s been around for quite a while. To some it is also known as SOLCUS (Special Operator Level Clinical Ultrasound. For a number of reasons we are still in the window of knowledge translation, and that is why you may have a justified perception of insufficient training and utilization. Nevertheless, don’t try to convince yourself that you don’t need it or it’s too hard to learn… Thousands of people who are quite successful at point-of-care ultrasonography, wouldn’t have lasted an hour at any SOF training or selection program… Let alone providing medical care under fire… You’ve been pretty ‘darn’ good at both.
“Sky is the limit” when it comes to the wealth of information that can be obtained from an ultrasound screen. It’s like having the NVGs or other visual aids at night! I’m sure you can handle your business without them, but why on earth would you waste time if able to achieve your goals in a more efficient, accurate and safe way? Smarter not harder, right?
This blog is intended for the SOF (ninja) medical professionals of all breeds! Whether you are trying to learn a few tricks yourself, or you’d want to get your fellow Medics up to speed on ultrasound, we hope you’ll find it a valuable open-access resource.
If you have any questions, concerns or educational needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team!