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