THE JOURNAL FOR OPERATIONAL MEDICINE AND TACTICAL COMBAT CASUALTY CARE
For 20 years, the Journal of Special Operations Medicine (JSOM) has been the only published venue that brings together military SOF, civilian Tactical EMS, and federal Department of Justice agencies with tactical medical assets. Originally established by the Command Surgeon's Office of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM-SG), we have grown into one of the world's most renowned peer-reviewed medical journals, now subscribed to in 80 countries. Be informed. Stay Informed. Subscribe today!
Journal of Special Operations Medicine (JSOM) Newsletter
15 December 2020 - Issue 187
ABSTRACT

The SOCOM Spiritual Fitness Scale (SSFS) enables religious support teams and other spiritual fitness/performance (SF/SP) stakeholders in the Special Operations Forces community to reliably measure both "horizontal" and "vertical" dimensions of spirituality, as defined by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction on SF. The SSFS's three subscales relate to core attributes of SF/SP, which were identified through factor analysis during the iterations of the tool's development. The SSFS is capable of generating baseline assessments for research related to SF/SP. It is also capable of generating unique SF/SP profiles for individuals and groups, which can shape programs and inform tailored coaching for optimized performance.

December 2020 JSOM Feature Article
Management of Critically Injured Burn Patients During an Open Ocean Parachute Rescue Mission
Staak BP, Petersen CD, Smith J, Hartman M, Rush SC. 20(3). 135 - 140. (Journal Article)
ABSTRACT

Best practices and training for prolonged field care (PFC) are evolving. The New York Pararescue Team has used part task training, cadaver labs, clinical rotations, and a complicated sim lab to prepare for PFC missions including critical care. This report details an Atlantic Ocean nighttime parachute insertion to provide advanced burn care to two sailors with 50% and 60% body surface area burns. Medical mission planning included pack-out of ventilators, video laryngoscopes, medications, and 50 L of lactated Ringer's (LR). Over the course of 37 hours, the patients required high-volume resuscitation, analgesia, wound care, escharotomies, advanced airway and ventilator management, continuous sedation, telemedicine consultation, and complicated patient movement during evacuation. A debrief survey was obtained from the Operators highlighting recommendation for more clinical rotations and labs, missionspecific pack-outs, and tactical adjustments. This historic mission represents the most sophisticated PFC ever performed by PJs and serves to validate and share our approach to PFC.

Keywords: prolonged field care; military medicine; austere medicine; burns; critical care

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. In addition, the podcast features a special, not to be missed Interview Series with leaders, doctors, and authors.
Podcast News and Updates
Fall 2020

In this episode of the JSOM Podcast, Alex and Josh discuss the articles "Ketamine Administration by Special Operations Medical Personnel During Training Mishaps". Guest Rico Pesce breaks down the article, "Far Forward Gaps in Hemorrhagic Shock and Prolonged Field Care: An Update of ALM Fluid Therapy for Field Use."
Alex and Josh also discuss, "Management of Critically Injured Burn Patients During an Open Ocean Parachute Rescue Mission."

Fisher AD, Schwartz DS, Petersen CD, Meyer SE, Thielemann JN, Redman TT, Rush SC

Staak BP, DeSoucy ES, Petersen CD, Smith J, Hartman M, Rush SC
Guest: Rico Pesce

Dobson GP, Letson HL

Highlights From the 20th Anniversary JSOM Interview Series:
MAJ Andrew Fisher, MS-4, PA-C, LP for a great review of pre-hospital whole blood in the military; where we are now and how we got there. He reminds us that, "everything old is new again." The first whole blood transfusion research was done by the military in 1940 (Armed Forces Blood Program) and was used extensively in WWII and the Korean War. But times change and lessons learned are lost to the sands of time as one generation of peacetime military surgeons hands off the reigns to the next. Listen here.

World-renowned tourniquet expert Dr. John Kragh. In this interview, Dr. Kragh takes us through his history in becoming a tourniquet expert as well as detailing the evolution of tourniquet use in combat situations as a battalion surgeon in Southwest Asia. Tourniquet use has evolved considerably even during the 20-years since the JSOM has been in publication. Be sure to read Dr. Kragh's contributions to this quarter's journal as a companion to this interview. Listen here.

CMSgt Michael Rubio, currently the commandant of the 351st Special Warfare Training Squadron of the PJ schoolhouse at Kirkland AFB. It's a great opportunity to hear from the best about how PJ training has changed during the past 20 years, and get a glimpse of where it is heading in the future. You can listen here. Look for another episode later this month.
JSOM Podcast
Wilderness Medical Society
In an effort to broaden and strengthen our ties with the Wilderness Medical Society and all who work in the wilderness medicine community, our webmaster and podcast hosts will be partnering with the organization to share more information and crossover content between our podcast platforms.

The mission of the Wilderness Medical Society is to encourage, foster, support, or conduct activities to improve the scientific knowledge of the membership and general public in human health activities in a wilderness environment.

The Journal of Special Operations Medicine has long partnered with the WMS in a shared science program as we understand the importance of sharing information with all who work in various forms of unconventional medicine.
Institutional Subscribers And Re-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. We currently have 56 active institutional subscriptions, reaching a potential 59,000+ readers!

This edition, we welcome back Research Information Services, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Visit https://jsom.us/Library for a full list of institutions that are 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 professional 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.
Photo of the Week

CAMP COURTNEY, OKINAWA, JAPAN
11.20.2020
U.S. Navy HM3 Kader Paz, a corpsman with Headquarters Battalion, 3d Marine Division, applies a tourniquet to a simulated casualty during a Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) evaluation at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan on Nov. 20, 2020. TCCC introduces life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care in a combat environment while allowing a unit to complete its mission. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alexis Moradian)

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