Accession Number:

AD1040756

Title:

Prolonged Field Care: Are Special Operation Forces Medics Prepared for Future Contingencies

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The United States has recently declared an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This process has decreased the use of conventional military assets in this area while slowly increasing the presence of Special Operations Forces SOF personnel throughout the region. The Middle East is becoming more volatile with an ever-increasing presence of violent extremist organizations such as ISIS, who take root in Iraq and Syria. The decrease in conventional support has lowered the number of medical support sites in the region, leaving SOF personnel with increased evacuation times from their austere and sometimes isolated locations. The change includes medics working outside of the 60-minute golden hour standard for transport of wounded soldiers to higher echelons of medical care. The purpose of this research is to assess the need for further education and training for 18D Army medics in the new initiative on prolonged field care. The study finds that current training attained by 18D medics lacks standardization and task-specific training on prolonged field care such as intensive care nursing and critical care medicine. The study identified several training opportunities that will increase the knowledge and skill level of the Special Forces medic of today for the challenges of tomorrow. Key recommendations include increasing Special Operations Combat Medic Skills Sustainment Course by five days, the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding between United States Army Special Operations Command and the University of Cincinnati, enabling all 18D medics to attend the four-week Medical Proficiency Training at the University of Cincinnati, and requiring Medical Proficiency Training at the University of Cincinnati as a mandated training event for all 18Ds every four years.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE