The essence of prolonged field care is now infused into many aspects of the austere and military medical lexicon. The response by the medical community to come together to help solve problems faced by medics and the warfighters they accompany has been nothing short of amazing.
In less than 5 years you have come together to help us identify and define the unique challenges faced by those operating in austere environments and delivered solutions in the form of our Joint Trauma System Clinical Practice Guidelines, Training Recommendations and our continuing education podcast. Our combined efforts have helped inform Commanders of risk and advocate advocate for additional training to help mitigate some of that risk. Most importantly, social media networks present solutions to thousands of end users in real time. There is still work to be done and with your help and focus on providing tangible solutions to real problems we will continue to improve far-forward medicine.
Don’t let up.
Lives depend on our efforts.
While our Steering Committee does not have a specific prolonged field care presentation at MHSRS, some of us will be present and participating to help add to the discussions when applicable. Don’t miss our cameo in the Panel Discussion, “Pre-Hospital Evaluation & Care of Moderate/Severe TBI in the Austere Environment,” moderated by COL Jennifer Gurney in the Naples room at 0800 on Wednesday Morning.
USUHS Dean Art Kellerman’s session, “Out of the Crucible,” was livestreamed and available on the MHSRS’ Facebook page.
Here are links to other sessions which were livestreams or recorded:
Like the Special Operations Medical and Scientific Assembly meeting, the most difficult part of the conference is picking what presentations to attend! Don’t miss The 3 hour session on Thursday morning @ 1000hrs with the topic of, “Research in Prolonged Field Care & Pre-Hospital Tactical Combat Casualty Care.”
Also, don’t miss today’s 1600 presentation in the Sun C123 room, “Forward Surgical Care: Bringing Surgical Capabilities to the Point of Need,” which is extremely relevant to the other end of the PFC gap. Training and educating Role 1 Providers will eventually have a limit of advance so the complimentary effort is to bring surgeons far-forward when required. Both strategies have limitations but when used properly can span the ravines over which we need to shoulder our patients. (See what I did there??)
From MHSRS.net: “The MHSRS provides a collaborative setting for the exchange of information between military providers with deployment experience, research and academic scientists, international partners, and industry on research and related health care initiatives falling under the topic areas of Combat Casualty Care, Military Operational Medicine, Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine, Medical Simulation and Information Sciences, Military Infectious Diseases, and the Radiation Health Effects. The MHSRS is an annual four-day educational symposium that draws approximately 2,900 attendees.”