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The Summer 2022 edition of the JSOM podcast is out and availble on our website and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Michelle DuGuay Landers, MBA, BSN, RN
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Journal of Special Operations Medicine Featured Abstracts

Shock and Vasopressors

Lampman PKennington KAssar SM. 22(2). 63 - 68. (Journal Article)


Shock is a life-threatening condition carrying a high mortality rate when untreated. The consequences of shock are cellular and metabolic derangements, which are initially reversible. The authors present the case of a Servicemember who sustained mortar shrapnel wounds that resulted in shock.


Prehospital Anemia Care A Review of Symptoms, Evaluation, and Management

Rankin CJFetherston TBallentine CDAdams BLong BCarius BM. 22(2). 69 - 74. (Journal Article)


The ongoing evolution of prehospital medical care continues to advance beyond immediate triage care. Prehospital care is even more important to consider in theaters with extended evacuation times and limited local medical assets. Although blood loss is often associated with settings of acute traumatic hemorrhage in military medicine, the possibility for other hematologic compromise necessitating urgent action requires medics operating in these environments to have a fundamental knowledge of the pathophysiology, manifestations, and stabilization measures of anemia to aid their patients prior to, or in lieu of, evacuation. Continued development of and access to point-of-care testing in increasingly forward-deployed settings further enable medics to perform these tasks. Here, we provide a brief review of hemoglobin function and composition, and presentation and management considerations of anemia, to assist medics in their treatment efforts. We also address specific concerns for battlefield and atraumatic presentations.


August 2022 Featured Article

Airway Management With Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation

Papalski W, Siedler J, Callaway DW. 22(2). 93 - 96. (Journal Article)


Noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV) is a form of ventilatory support that does not require the placement of an advanced airway. The authors discuss the use of NPPV on patients who will likely benefit. The use of NPPV has reduced the need for patients to require intubation and/or mechanical ventilation in some cases, as well as benefits.

Keywords: noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation (NPPV); continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP); bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP); noninvasive ventilation (NIV); acute respiratory failure (ARF)

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The Journal of Special Operations Medicine Podcast

The JSOM podcast digs deeper into the articles and subjects that matter to our readers. Our podcast hosts, Captains Alex Merkle and Josh Randles, tackle articles from the journal based on merit, interest, and application for operators in the field.

Current Episode

The Summer 2022 podcast features articles written primarily by medics and non-physicians. This entire edition of the journal is focused on the Critical Care aspect of SOF Medicine, so we wanted to invite the tip of the spear medics to talk about their research on this episode. The first article is, "Analgesia and Sedation in the Prehospital Setting: A Critical Care Viewpoint" by Taylor DeRosiersm et. al. "Mechanical Ventilation: A Review for Special Operations Medical Personnel" by Jonathan Friedman and Seth Assar follows. We finish up with, "Airway Management With Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation" by Papalski, Siedler, and Callaway.

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Institutional Subscribers

The JSOM is incredibly grateful to have the support of many institutions around the world. We would like to thank our recent institutional subscribers and re-subscribers for their support by acknowledging them in our eNewsletter and, when applicable, sharing their social media information.

In this edition, we welcome back several resubscribers!

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

The US Air Force Pararescue Program

We also have a new subscriber this month!

The Special Warfare Operational Medicine Squadron, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

Visit https://jsom.us/Library for a full list of institutions currently subscribing to the JSOM. We are beginning a campaign to expand our institutional subscriptions. If you think your company would benefit from an institutional subscription, let us know! We'll be happy to talk to you and get the ball rolling. You don't have to be a university or medical center to subscribe - we have many EMS units, government agencies, and military medical units both in the United States and abroad.

Are you on the list? Great! Need to know how to access our resources? You can either contact your head librarian or shoot an email to subscriptions@JSOMonline.org.

Institutions receive either a print copy of our journal, digital access, or both. Digital subscribers have unlimited access to our full compendium of articles, journals, and the ATP-P. If you are a student, researcher, doctor, or other medical professionals at one of these institutions, please contact your librarian for login details. Additionally, the digital resources are typically available 2-3 weeks ahead of print publication.

If your institution is not on the list and you would like more information about our institutional access, contact our subscriptions manager, Dr. Scott Graverson.

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Photo by Tech. Sgt. Bethany Laville 

31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs 

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen assigned to the 57th Rescue Squadron, conduct repel and hoist maneuvers during exercise Jolly Vihar near Pápa Air Base, Hungary, July 14, 2022. The 57th RQS teams conduct day and night personnel recovery operations in combat, as well as provide combatant commanders with options to report, locate, recover and reintegrate isolated personnel. During Jolly Vihar the 57th RQS and 56th RQS trained alongside Hungarian troops to conduct integrated mission training scenarios.

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