This past #SOMSA19 (Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly 2019) was particularly special and nostalgic to me… After years of background service, SOFsono has earned its own slot and prime time at the most important SpecOps medical conference worldwide. I was truly humbled by the outpouring of unanimously positive feedback and supportive reactions. That “Ma’am – you knocked it out of the park” really stuck with me. Yet one big shoutout in particular has actually brought tears to my eyes. Oh yes, ladies do cry 🙂 A huge compliment to “Kasia, a lady from Poland” coming from the SOF community. JJ and doc Rush on PJ Medcast took me a little bit by surprise! Continue Reading
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!
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! 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