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Summer 2021

Summer 2021

The Summer journal is currently at the printers and will be shipped shortly. The digital version is now available for our digital subscribers. If you are interested in purchasing a print copy of the journal, you may preorder it now on the storefront. Estimated ship date is 15 June.


Coming Soon

Pararescue Medical Operations Handbook 8th Edition

PJ Medical Operations Handbook 8th edition 2021

The Pararescue Medical Operations Handbook is currently in the production process. We anticipate hard copies of the handbook to be available on our storefront mid- to late-May. This handbook is a significant update to the 7th edition.

The digital version is available NOW! If you have a subscription that includes access to the PJ Handbook, or if you would like to sign up for a subscription that includes the PJ Handbook, you can log in NOW and access the latest and greatest information!


Advanced Ranger First Responder Handbook

ARFR 2021

The Advanced Ranger First Responder Handbook is now avaiable for sale through our storefront, as well as digitally on our website. Wired subscribers will have access to the flipbook version of the ARFR Handbook, and mobile users can download the PDF to their tablet device.


2020 Collector's Edition

2020 Collector's Edition

Did you miss out on our 20th Anniversary retrospective? Now you can own all 4 issues as a Special Collector's Edition at 20% off the regular price. Buy all 4 for the one low price of $128.00


2020 Ranger Medic Handbook

Fall 2020 Cover

The Ranger Medic Handbook is the medical instruction handbook provided to Ranger Medics by the 75th Ranger Regiment. It is the premier resource for all Ranger Medics and is now available exclusively for purchase from Breakaway Media and by digital subscription on the Journal of Special Operations Medicine website. This handbook is offered on Water/Tear Proof Paper. The 2020 Updates is the official and current edition of the Ranger Medic Handbook.

You may order your handbook from the storefront now, and digital subscriptions are also available.


Advanced Tactical Paramedic Protocols (ATP-P)

10th Edition

ATP-P 10th Edition

ATP-P Digital subscribers may access the 10th Edition NOW on either their desktop, laptop, or mobile device. Not a subscriber? Sign up now for immediate access to the ATP-P, all published issues of the JSOM, access to our fully searchable compendium of articles, and more!

The print version 10th Edition of the ATP-P is available at the online store. Preview the Table of Contents now.

Shared Science

The Journal of Special Operations Medicine (JSOM) and the Wilderness & Environmental Medicine (WEM) journal continue a long-standing shared science program. This opportunity is made possible through a reciprocal partnership between the journals. Select past articles appearing in WEM which may be of interest to JSOM readers can be accessed at no cost. Simply click on the WMS logo below or visit https://www.wemjournal.org/content/sharedscience to access articles for free.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care: Transitioning Lessons Learned from the Battlefield to other Austere Environments


Wilderness Medical Society
Special Operations Medical Association

The OFFICIAL Journal of the Special Operations Medical Association.

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First Blood: Fixing American Trauma Care

October 2017

Overhauling how citizens and medical providers respond to trauma, as well as how they collect and store blood, could save thousands of lives annually.

Dr. Frank K. Butler, Jr., to receive Distinguished Lifetime Military Contribution Award

October 2020

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Frank K. Butler, Jr., MD, FAAO, FUHM, will receive the American College of Surgeons Distinguished Lifetime Military Contribution Award at the virtual Clinical Congress Convocation at 6:00 pm CDT Sunday, October 4. This award recognizes Dr. Butler’s outstanding contributions to the field of surgery during his military service, specifically the adoption of Tactical Combat Casualty Care—the best-practice guideline for providing battlefield trauma care now being followed by U.S. and international civilian readiness teams around the world.

According to the award citation, Dr. Butler’s “forward-thinking to train and equip every soldier with personal medical kits redefined battlefield surgical management by delivering critical medical care at the point of injury and saving thousands of lives.” This groundbreaking initiative, which reduced the delivery time of medical aid administered to critically ill patients, is the cornerstone of the College’s collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

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July 2021 Feature Article

Autopsy-Determined Atherosclerosis in Elite US Military Special Operations Forces

Summer 2021

Kotwal RS, Mazuchowski EL, Howard JT, Hanak JC, Harcke HT, Gurney JM, Shackelford SA. 21(2). 19 - 24. (Journal Article)

Abstract

Background: Autopsy studies of trauma fatalities have provided evidence for the pervasiveness of atherosclerosis in young and middle-aged adults. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of atherosclerosis in elite US military forces. Methods: We conducted a retrospective study of all US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) fatalities from 2001 to 2020 who died from battle injuries. Autopsies were evaluated from Afghanistan- and Iraq-centric combat operations for evidence of coronary and/or aortic atherosclerosis and categorized as minimal (fatty streaking only), moderate (10-49% narrowing of ≥1 vessel), and severe (≥50% narrowing of ≥1 vessel). Prevalence of atherosclerosis was determined for the total population and by subgroup characteristics of age, sex, race/ethnicity, combat operation, service command, occupation, rank, cause of death, manner of death, and body mass index (BMI). Results: From the total of 388 USSOCOM battle injury fatalities, 356 were included in the analysis. The mean age was 31 years (range, 19-57 years), and 98.6% were male. The overall prevalence of coronary and/or aortic atherosclerosis was 17.4%. The prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis alone was 13.8%. Coronary atherosclerosis was categorized as minimal in 1.1%, moderate in 7.6%, and severe in 5.1%. Of those with atherosclerosis, 24.2% were <30 years old, 88.7% were from enlisted ranks, and 95.2% had combatant occupations. When BMI could be calculated, 73.5% of fatalities with atherosclerosis had a BMI =25. Conclusions: Autopsy-determined atherosclerosis is prevalent in elite US military Special Operations Forces despite young age and positive lifestyle benefits of service in an elite military unit.

Keywords: atherosclerosis; elite US military forces; coronary atherosclerosis; aortic atherosclerosis

Integrating Military and Civilian Trauma Systems to Achieve Zero Preventable Deaths after Injury

Advances in trauma care have accelerated over the past decade, spurred by the significant burden of injury from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Between 2005 and 2013, the case fatality rate for United States Servicemembers injured in Afghanistan decreased by nearly 50 percent, despite an increase in the severity of injury among U.S. troops during the same period of time. But as the war in Afghanistan ends, knowledge and advances in trauma care developed by the Department of Defense (DoD) over the past decade from experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq may be lost. This would have implications for the quality of trauma care both within the DoD and in the civilian setting, where adoption of military advances in trauma care has become increasingly common and necessary to improve the response to multiple civilian casualty events.

This report documents the remarkable decrease in casualties killed in action during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the role of the Joint Trauma System, the CoTCCC, and the TCCC Working Group in helping to make that happen. It also outlines a clear and comprehensive vision for a National Trauma System that will enable the civilian and the military sectors to work in concert to help prevent ALL potentially preventable deaths in trauma victims.

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What Our Readers are Saying

I just finished reading the fall edition of the JSOM and I am completely blown away!!!! It is absolutely packed with exceptional and relevant information that without a doubt, will assist SOF Tactical Health Care professionals in providing relevant and evidence based patient care. Thank you for providing what I consider a "World Class Medical Journal". The journal itself and the website have become my primary resource for knowledge in tactical medicine."

Robert M. Miller
North American Rescue
Chief Innovation Officer

"There is no peer-reviewed academic resource that equals the Journal of Special Operations Medicine for support of the medical and veterinary lead in Stabilization, Security, Transition and Reconstruction (SSTR) operations, combat and field medicine, and adaptation of Tactical Combat Casualty Care into Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for the law enforcement and emergency management community in 195 UN member countries. JSOM is a valuable resource as we continue the Millennium Medicine Project, targeting the global population that lacks access to basic surgical services and providing crisis management, security, and defense support in this demographic."

Stephen M. Apatow
President, Humanitarian Resource Institute
(UN:NGO:DESA) and H-II OPSEC: Defense Support:
Humanitarian and Security Operations

"Military units that have trained all of their members in Tactical Combat Casualty Care have documented the lowest incidence of preventable deaths among their casualties in the history of modern warfare - and JSOM is the first journal to publish every new change in TCCC."

Frank K. Butler, MD
Chairman, Committee on Tactical
Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC)

"The past 30 years has brought an amazing professionalization of the specialty of Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS). As new standards are set and the world faces increasingly complex security challenges, it is critical that the front line medical providers supporting military, intelligence, and law enforcement operations have a mechanism to expand their knowledge and share best practices. The Journal of Special Operations Medicine offers civilian readers access to the most cutting edge developments in the field including updates on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC), the National TEMS Imitative and Council (NTIC), and combat lessons learned. JSOM is the one-stop shop for best practice and future advancements in civilian TEMS. One of the unifying principles across humanitarian, expedition and disaster response medical operations is the ability to make complex decisions in uncertain environments. The Journal of Special Operations Medicine is one of the most unique platforms for experts to convey lessons learned and relevant scientific advances across specialties that historically have little interaction. Whether you work for Doctors Without Borders, a DMAT, or provide medical support for expeditions in austere environments, Journal of Special Operations Medicine is your journal."

David W. Callaway, MD
Director, Division of Operational and Disaster Medicine
Operational Medical Director, Carolinas MED-1
Co-Chairman, The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC)
Civilian Vice President, Special Operations Medical Association (SOMA)