Role of NATO Special Operations Combat Medics in Special Operations Surgical Teams

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20(1). 141 - 144 (Journal Article)

Battlefield medicine is constantly evolving. Wound patterns, terrain, weapons, and medical evacuation change, so surgical capabilities must adapt. With the changing environment, we must evolve by adapting to offer the best practical care, closest to the frontline. The golden hour has never been a magical number, and the most successful care is provided by the most advanced practitioners as close to the point of injury as possible. The proper placement and access of surgical teams are a key factor in access to a casualty within minutes. NATO Special Operations combat medics (NSOCMs) are highly trained medical Operators who can work as a force multiplier, not only to the Special Operations elements in which they serve but also as members of a Special Operations surgical team (SOST), and these Soldiers can provide the essential skills necessary to best employ and support the surgical asset.

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