Your team is participating in a remote operation in Afghanistan together with an Afghan team. As a result of an IED blast, 2 Afghanis are killed in action, and one of your team members is injured. On the initial assessment the U.S. operator has reassuring vitals:
This time let’s get straight to the point! No need to keep repeating what SOFsono JSOM cases are all about!
During a Partner Nation Force (PNF) field training exercise (FTX), you are called to a scene of a motor vehicle accident (MVA). Two all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), carrying a total of 5 US and PNF service members, crashed into each other. As you TRiAGE the victims, you realize that all 5 potentially need further medical care. The closest hospital is 90 minutes away, and your local ambulance service is capable of transporting only two patients at a time.
Yet another quarter has gone by, and the SOFsono JSOM case #2 is out in the Journal of Special Operations Medicine (fall issue). As promised, we are following with further discussion here on the blog.
Our goal is to provide you with a series of SOF-focused and case-based ultrasound education TiDBiTS. We want to show you how ultrasound can help you solve a number of OPERATiONAL and CLiNiCAL DiLEMMAS, especially in prolonged field care settings. Tidbits are defined as small and particularly interesting pieces of information, hence brevity is intentional!
A 28-year-old NATO Special Operations Forces (SOF) Operator participates in a LOW-PROFiLE MiSSiON. Continue Reading
As you all know, SOFsono and Journal of Special Operations Medicine (a.k.a. JSOM) have recently partnered to start a series of SOF-focused ultrasound education tidbits. And now we thought to partner with you, the SOF Medics!
- You are a SOF Medic from a NATO member state or Down Under;
- You have ever wished you had an ultrasound machine, while taking care of a patient AND/OR;
- You have wondered if that kind of technology would be of use to any particular patient…
Our goal is to provide you with a series of SOF-focused and case-based ultrasound education TiDBiTS. We want to show you how ultrasound can help you solve a number of operational and clinical dilemmas, especially in prolonged field care settings. Tidbits are defined as small and particularly interesting pieces of information, hence brevity is intentional!
Now, let me begin by saying that MARSOC guys are tough dudes – no doubt about that! This case is a tribute to their educational aspirations in point-of-care ultrasonography – and for this very reason our patient is a MARSOC operator – one of their very own! It’s an honor to count them in as my students!
We’re on the final countdown before the Special Operations Medical Associations Scientific Assembly (#SOMSA16) & the PFC (prolonged field care) pre-conference course! An ULTRASOUND STATiON is obviously included, & there is a mini “flipped classroom” assignment that we would like you to complete prior to the course. Continue Reading
I frequently hear this statement that the special operations medical community is heading back to its roots in prolonged field care (PFC)… And I think it presents an excellent opportunity to review the concept of clinical ultrasound in SOF medicine. With the operational context of PFC shifting towards extended care in resource-constrained environments, it will be on you, the SOF Medics, to embrace a much broader spectrum of medicine, way past superb trauma care or sick call advice. In prolonged field care, as the hours or even days go by, the severely injured patient will need you to take a critical-care-type approach. Continue Reading