It is finally happening! The very first SOFsono JSOM case is out in the Journal of Special Operations Medicine (summer issue), and 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!
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 have a great announcement! At #SOMSA16 SOFsono has partnered with the Journal of Special Operations Medicine (a.k.a JSOM) to start a series of SOF-focused and case-based ultrasound education tidbits. JSOM will provide you with a brief introduction to the case. A more detailed discussion with live clips, images, pearls and essential references will follow here at SOFsono.org. 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!
We intend to follow a set format of:
- Short case presentation coming out in JSOM
- Case discussion on the blog consisting of:
- Clinical considerations
- Operational considerations
- Sonographic mission support
- “Your turn” section (optional)
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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
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. Continue Reading
(UPDATED – to add a word or two about Philips Lumify and Clarius – I took a closer look at both during #SOMSA16)
Dear Ultrasound Industry Reps,
we thought to engage you in conversation about this perfect SOF ultrasound machine. In case SOF medicine doesn’t seem like a market large enough, although it should be your BADGE of HONOR, please don’t forget that battle-hardened & combat-proven gear is highly desired and sought-after in the civilian medical world. Who doesn’t want a bomb-proof 😉 ultrasound? War-zone or not, things tend to go ballistic in just about every ER around the world, and that on daily basis.
So let’s talk business… Here is this dream SOFsono device:
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