Prolonged Field Care Podcasts

Rick Hines has spent the last 20+ years in service to his country much of it deployed to combat zones and other unstable, austere environments and is dedicated to improving SOF Medicine.  He made it a point to spend a fair amount of time with surgical teams when possible and has gained quite a bit of real world knowledge that we hope to pass on to a wider audience here.

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Burns present another wound pattern that can be extremely difficult and time consuming for any level of provider to manage.  So much so that there are dedicated burn teams that will often fly to where burn patients are being held in order to get them back to the burn center in San Antonio with the best chance of survival.  We have taken the expert guidance of these critical care providers and packaged everything they have learned into a single clinical practice guideline targeted at the medic and other Role 1 Providers who might find themselves sitting on a patient at a Battalion Aid Station or team house before evacuation is available.  Initial priorities such as estimating percentage of body surface area burned, starting fluid resuscitation with the rule of 10s, foley placement along with many others may determine the mortality and morbidity of your patient.

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We recorded this live from the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center where Guest Lecturer COL Givens, shares the CBRNe knowledge she has learned working (among many other positions) as a Clinical Toxicologist around the world including as the SOCAFRICA Command Surgeon where she personally helped prepare members of 10th SFG(A) to deal with some of the most venomous snakes in the world.

COL Melissa (Missy) Givens MD, MPH is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and USUHS alumni. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine with subspecialty training in Clinical Toxicology and Sports Medicine and certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She is the former program director for the Carl R. Darnall Emergency Medicine Residency and EM-PA Fellowship. She has held various academic and operational assignments and completed several combat tours and deployments with both conventional and Special Operations Forces. COL Givens is currently faculty in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine at USUHS.

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Dr. Joe DuBose is an Air Force Trauma Surgeon who recognized early in his career that hemorrhage was the number one killer of potentially survivable patients. This led him to a fellowship in vascular surgery and, as Dennis put it made him a guru in the emerging technology that allows a catheter to be placed in the femoral artery and snaked up past a bleed in the pelvis, abdomen and even chest where a balloon is then inflated cutting off all blood flow below that point. Dr. DuBose was the first to do This in the ED using a newer version that had a small enough diameter that a vascular repair would not be required after use. It is simply placed through a central line and removed as such later on. This is called REBOA or Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta. As you can imagine this is not without limits and complications if done improperly.

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Jim originally gave this talk at SOMSA2017. Due to popular demand, we were able to convince him to rerecord after the conference concluded. Enjoy...

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This Clinical Practice Guideline was written by a fellow 18D with input from around the surgical community.  It reconciles the differences between wound care done in a role 2 or 3 facility, such as serial debridements, with what is taught in the 18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant Course with regards to delayed primary closure.  One way is not “right” while the other wrong, it has more to do with the amount of time and resources available to the medic or other provider.  The remainder of the blog post and podcast is meant to be a refresher for those who have already been taught these procedures.  It is also meant to be informational for those medical directors who may not be exactly certain of what has been taught as far as wound care and surgery.  If you haven’t been trained to do these procedures before going ahead with them, it is very likely that you may do more harm to the patient than good.


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In an attempt ot explain the lethal triad, Dennis may have gone too far...

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In this episode Dennis moderates a discussion on recognition and management of sepsis in Prolonged Field Care.  We have Doug and Jaybon from the ICU, Jay from the ER perspective along with Paul providing some questions and insight on prehospital and evacuation considerations.  

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While at the 2017 Remote Damage Control Resuscitation(RDCR) conference put on by the Tactical Hemostasis, Oxygenation and Resuscitation(THOR) network in Norway, Sean took the time to corner Dr. Shackleford to get her thoughts on the Joint Trauma System Clinical Practice Guidelines. Be sure to check out the new JTS Facebook, LinkedIn Pages, Instagram and Twitter feeds and YouTube Channel for more updates.

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This talk was recorded live during the Prolonged Field Care Pre-Conference Lab during the Special Operations Medicine and Scientific Assembly(SOMSA).  Dr. Geir Strandenes is a founding member of the THOR(tactical Hemostasis, Oxygenation and Resuscitation) Group, the Senior Medical Officer of the Norwegian Naval Special Operations and a Researcher in the Department of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway.  He has worked hand in hand wit the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the US Armed Forces Blood Program. 

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Dennis was finally able to corner an anesthesiologist who was actually more than happy to sit down and talk about his years if experience working from the head of thousands of patients.  While we are working on an Airway Clinical Practice Guideline with the Army Institute of Surgical Research, this will go along with our earlier posted airway recommendations until we can get a consensus and get it published. 

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This podcast is a follow up from our last post on managing traumatic brain injuries in austere environments.  We included a scenario discussion with David, Jamie, Daryl, Jay, Doug and I with much needed answers to some frequently asked questions.

What are your priorities?  How do you assess in the field without labs and imagery?  Do you include severe TBI injuries in your trauma training?  What if he also has a pelvis injury or internal bleeding?  When do you take the airway, if at all?  When do you provide positive pressure ventilation in these patients?  When is that dangerous?

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If you sit on a patient long enough, infection has a greater chance of taking hold and progressing to sepsis, or may receive a patient who has already been sick for days. Doc Jaybon walks us through the full spectrum from infection and SIRS to sepsis, shock and death.  Despite firm CoTCCC recommendations for early antibiotics, in the past we may have foregone that luxury because of lighting fast evacuation times, maybe even thinking, 'they'll take care of it at the next echelon.'  A great medic should not only treat their patient but set them up for success at the next echelon, as Sepsis is a testament to how poor care during the TCCC phases of care can cost our patients days and weeks in a hospital later.

But what if you are your own next echelon?  Point of injury to Role 1+ could be your own team house or single litter aid station.  Go down the checklist on the right side of the PFC trending chart and make sure you are taking care of anything that could result in an infection.  Have you given those antibiotics?  How is your airway and respiratory care?   Did you replace any dirty IV or IO sites you placed in the field?  Are you doing all your procedures an as aseptic manner as much as possible?  When will you debride?  Are you doing everything you can to prevent pressure ulcers?

When will you call for a telemedical consult?  When your patient develops a fever?  Blood pressure falling?  Altered mental status?

Listen in...

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Dr. David Van Wyck an Intensivist and Neurointensivist Fellow at Duke Medical Center in North Carolina explains the evolving management of TBI in the field for medics in austere environments. Go to for the accompanying blog post, shownotes and quiz.

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Despite our best efforts, endless training, and reading, some of our patients will die.  This has been a taboo subject that is difficult to broach in the best of times.  We aim to start a conversation here with the hope thatit continues with your Medical Director, PA, Surgeon and fellow Medics before you are ever faced with this difficult situation out on your own.  Often prolonged field care involves treating the most critically sick or injured patients longer than you expect to.  Inevitably some of these "sickest-of-the-sick" will not make it in time to see definitive care and you will be left to ease the suffering during end of life care alone.  While you may have to deliver end of life care by yourself, you may not have to make all the decisions alone.

In this episode Dennis and Doc Powell discuss how to treat expectant patients.  This could be as part of a multi-patient MASCAL or a happen to a single patient who is critically ill or injured.  If it happens during a MASCAL, once you are done treating your urgent patients, what do you do when you go back to your expectant patients?  It's common to skip over discussing and training on losing patients...  Taboo even.  The fact is that it will eventually happen; No matter how good of medics we are, patients may die.  Doc Powell has spent innumerable hours in Intensive Care Units with the best and brightest medical teams a patient could hope for.  Often in this setting the top notch care, medicines and interventions are not enough and patients code and die.  This is part of medicine whether we talk about it openly or not. 

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A follow up to our last analgesia podcast, Dennis hosts Doug and Paul to talk about pearls when dealing with sedation in the ICU and how they translate to care in the field by medics.

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Just snow your patient with ketamine and versed to prevent PTSD right?  Maybe not.  While talking through some more analgesia and sedation strategies, Doc Powell shares his thoughts on what he has read recently and it might blow your mind.  It did mine andI'll definitely have to dig in and do more research of my own. We also go through some of the answers to our survey we put out on our last post.  For the most part we did pretty good as a whole.  There were, however, some dangerous answers such as using propofol or benzodiazepines for pain control, and we will discuss why that's not necessarily such a great idea.

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