Episode 1: What’s this PFC stuff anyway and why should I care?

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Our first episode is hosted by Justin, interviewing Colonel Sean Keenan MD who is the 10th Special Forces Group Surgeon. Doc Keenan has worked tirelessly alongside Justin and the rest of the Prolonged Field Working Group at both our group level and with SOCOM. The work they are doing is having a lasting impact on military medicine and the way it will be taught and trained in the future. Many people will say, including the entire working group, that this is nothing new, that SF medics have been trained for the situations we describe for decades. This may be true but as military medicine progressed the mindset of the medic reverted as unbelievably fast evacuation times took hold in recent conflicts causing a huge loss in the institutional knowledge base. As medicine, and military medicine especially, progressed at lightning speed, so too has medical technology, research and education. In order for medics and the providers charged with their training to keep pace a new forum was born with the idea of knowledge retention and sharing across the services, government and international medical community. Now a conversation a medic has with a surgeon or anesthesiologist while deployed can be recreated in order to enlighten all medics who will likely have similar questions or concerns. This is the first conversation that explains all of this and more. We hope that the following series will both educate medical personnel as well as begin the dialogue that will keep our craft moving forward as fast as the entire medical field. As always be sure to comment and most importantly, share this site with anyone in the health field whom you think it may benefit.

Click here to listen now to Episode 1: What is all this PFC stuff anyway and why should I care?


  1. I think that planning for the time when we don’t have air superiority and can’t get a soldier out, is going to be a key for our further in Tactical Emergency Medicine.

  2. I would love to be able to get training on administering fresh whole blood. I’ve been asking around my unit for month and I can’t seem to find anyone who knows very much about it in regards to TCCC or PFC or anyone who seems really interested in it either.

    1. Hi Abbey, Are you located on an Army installation? If so, you can bring the resources available for free here and from rdcr.org to your medical direction and help start a program. Another great resource is the free whole blood toolkit on nextgencombatmedic.com .

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