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Journal of Special Operations Medicine

The Journal of Special Operations Medicine (JSOM) was initiated in 2000 under the United States Special Operations Command Surgeon's Office. Due to the 2011 DoD budget cuts, USSOCOM divested ownership of the JSOM so that it could continue to be published privately. The JSOM remains the only academic peer-reviewed journal devoted to Special Operations medicine and is indexed in the US National Library of Medicine's PubMed.

Our focus is on unconventional and operational medicine, to include tactical casualty care, practiced in the remote and austere environment. Our subscribers are from the Special Operations Forces (SOF), law enforcement civilian and government agencies with tactical emergency medical support (TEMS), and anyone interested in emergency or wilderness medicine. It is an official forum for professional discourse on global Special Operations medicine that transcends the boundary between military and civilian medicine by bringing forth practical and sensible ideas and techniques to the provider currently operating in a tactical or law enforcement environment.

In addition to the feature articles and ongoing specialty series, the JSOM was chosen by the Committee for Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) to publish quarterly the TCCC Guideline Updates. The JSOM is the Official Journal of the Special Operations Medical Association. For more information or to subscribe to the JSOM, go to www.JSOMonline.org. Articles and back editions of the journal can be purchased at our Online Store.

Advanced Tactical Paramedic Protocols Handbook (ATP-P) 10th ed

The JSOM's Advanced Tactical Paramedic Protocols (ATP-P) Handbook was implemented by the United States Special Operations Command, Surgeon's Office in 2007 (then called the JSOM Training Supplement) and is the advanced tactical paramedic's checklist of emergent medical care protocols. The guidelines contained in this handbook are created, compiled, and reviewed annually by the Curriculum and Examination Board, which consists of a combined group of Special Operations Forces (SOF) physicians, advanced tactical paramedics (ATPs), SOF medical personnel from all of the SOCOM component branches, and civilian medical personnel working to ensure that Special Operations personnel have the most highly trained medical care in the field. For quick reference in a lifesaving situation, the pocket-sized ATP-P Handbook contains the USSOCOM Tactical Trauma Protocol; Tactical Emergency Medical Protocol; Canine-TCCC; the Recommended Drug List (RDL) (which covers the side-effects / adverse effects / contraindications / warnings, adult and pediatric dosages, and relevant protocols); Burn, Nerve, Military Acute Concussion Evaluation (MACE), and prehospital Combat Medic/Corpsman Algorithm (CMA) Charts that are approved for use by the ATP. To purchase the ATP-P Handbook, go to our Online Store.


Pararescue Medical Operations Handbook 7th ed

The Pararescue Medical Operations Handbook is designed to form the basis of medical practice during both Rescue Operations and training mishaps for USAF Pararescuemen (PJs). This revised handbook includes an outline of the principles of PJ medicine and the patient assessment checklist. This approach to patients is slightly modified from traditional primary and secondary surveys to reflect both a more efficient and a comprehensive approach to combat trauma based on PJ experience and data from Overseas Contingency Operations. Portions of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines and the ATP Tactical Medical Emergency Protocols (TMEPS) that pertain to the Pararescue are included and have been modified to suit the PJ mission. The goal remains to have all PJs work to a single standard. The section on prolonged care has been modified and expanded based on PJ experiences.


Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT) Protocols Handbook Ed 2.1

US Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT), Medical and Dental Treatment Protocols, Ed 2.1 Handbook is a resource for Air Force IDMT medical personnel with advanced skills and knowledge. These protocols are the product of a concerted effort by representatives from all major command surgeons offices with the express goal to standardize  the  care  IDMTs  are  permitted  to  provide regardless of location and command affiliation. These protocols clearly define the scope of care parameters that the IDMT is expected and trained to work within. These treatment protocols are designed as a guide to accepted step-by-step treatments for medical disorders that may be encountered by IDMTs in the field


Standard Medical Operations Guide (SMOG) CY 2020

This current set of medical guidelines were developed through a collaboration of Emergency Medicine professionals, experienced Flight Medics, Aeromedical Physician Assistants, Critical Care Nurses, and Flight Surgeons. There has been close coordination in the development of these guidelines by the Joint Trauma System, Committee of En Route Combat Casualty Care and the Committee of Tactical Combat Casualty Care. The shared goal is to ensure excellent en route care that is standard across all evacuation and emergency medical pre-hospital units. All these enhancements and improvements will advance en route care across the services and the Department of Defense.


About Breakaway Media

Breakaway Media LLC (BAM) is based in St Petersburg, Florida. It was established in 2011 to fulfill the need to continue to produce and publish the quarterly Journal of Special Operations Medicine (JSOM). BAM is owned by Michelle DuGuay Landers, Lt Col USAFR NC (Ret), the editor for the JSOM since its inception in 2000, when it was published under the auspices of the United States Special Operations Command. When the Department of Defense cut its budget in 2011, the JSOM, then in its 11th year of publication, was one of the casualties. Michelle established BAM as the new home for its feature publication, the JSOM, and its associated annual, the Advanced Tactical Paramedic Protocols Handbook. For more information on these publications, see our Featured Products page.

Since 2011, BAM has dramatically evolved, significantly enhancing marketing and sales efforts and meeting the increasingly complex text and clinical reference needs in the market. We are also working ahead of the technological curve by making the journals available as a digital flip-book that can be accessed and viewed on tablets and smartphones, as well as computers.

The publisher works with each client to ensure that the right team is chosen to meet each client's unique needs. Our editorial staff have worked with the major publishers, including Elsevier and Wiley, on projects in the fields of emergency medicine, nursing, orthopedic medicine, surgery, genetics, psychiatry, and all other aspects of healthcare. In addition, our copyeditors are proficient in the areas of philosophy, information technology including Big Data, advertising, and many other areas of the arts or social sciences. Our staff can provide expert copyediting, fact checking, and copy writing, depending on the needs of each client. Our production/graphics and design experts can create and design new products, from brochures to pamphlets or handbooks and periodicals to diverse visual information. With our proven proficiency in publishing programs and Photoshop, we will create your publication and/or supporting marketing and advertising materials. In addition, BAM maintains quality control of the prepress and postpress processes to ensure the final product results are in the most professional media possible.