Combat & Casualty Care

Q1 2017

Military Magazines in the United States and Canada, Covering Combat and Casualty Care, first responders, rescue and medical products programs and news\Tactical Defense Media

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COMMANDER'S CORNER An Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) team provided round-the-clock security, while these combat med- ics utilized cutting-edge battlefield medical techniques to rigorously treat gunshot wounds, blast injuries, and chemical weapons exposure. Over 750 freedom fighters and civil- ian casualties were treated in the first 48 days. Such missions are the focus of AFSOC, which provides USSOCOM unique air support and special tac- tics ground personnel for combatant commanders. The Office of the AFSOC Command Surgeon organizes, trains, and equips over 1000 personnel, who provide sup- port for military operations spanning more than 30 countries and 70,000 beneficiaries. In line with the strategic priorities of the AFSOC Commander and the Air Force Surgeon General, medical personnel are assigned to medical treatment facilities (MTFs), operational support medical units (OSMs), SOST, preservation of the force and family providers (POTFF), irregular warfare/global health engagement teams, and pararescue- men (PJs). These personnel concentrate on comprehensive medical readiness, operational performance, and medical modernization. Fur- thermore, the SG office directs a robust case management program overseeing in excess of 150 wounded warriors daily. With the highest combat injury rates in the Air Force, AFSOC leadership prioritizes the support of our wounded Air Commandos and their families. C&CC: Please discuss some key areas of focus and how AFSOC is working to partner with industry to broaden and strengthen medical capability implementation. COL Harvis: COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL READINESS: Recent modifications to the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) dictate significant changes to DoD medical operations. The guiding principle of the NDAA asserts that "readiness is the primary mission." The focus of AFSOC is readiness. Adapting to multi-domain and cross-functional operations requires our medics to perform independently in remote environments for extended periods of time. The locations to which AFSOC Airmen deploy have limited or no external clinical support. Sustainment training has been restructured over the past three years, with an emphasis on clinical proficiency. Our medics are now required to spend more time between deployments in primary care and specialty clinics in order to retain perishable medical skills. NEW TOOL FOR AIRWAY MANAGEMENT Dual-Air TM Adjustable Oral Airway | 1-888-812-7474 | Adjustable Oral Airway DA 200 Pediatric : 50 – 70 mm DA 100 Adult : 70 – 100 mm DA 300 XLg Adult: 80 – 120 mm Non-Gagging: Unconscious Semi-conscious Alert Improved: • Ventilation Port • Suctioning access • Adaptability • Comfort • Stays in Place Simplified: • Selection • Storage • Application • Rapid MCI Response Three Sizes: (Cage Code 6JA31) All with 5 mm half-steps U.S. Air Force Special Operations Surgical Teams practiced integration operations with a special operations partner force during a Special Tactics exercise, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct 16, 2015. SOST members are military medical professionals selected to provided battlefield trauma and other surgical support in a special operations mission set. SOST members often forward deploy to austere or hostile areas to perform life-saving trauma surgery for special operators with little to no facility (U.S. Air Force photo/Released) Spring 2017 | Combat & Casualty Care | 17

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