Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook PDF 2001, is the first edition of a comprehensive medical reference resource designed for Special Operations Forces (SOF) medics. This “single-source” reference provides many revolutionary approaches to accessing medical information, such as a treatment hierarchy based on available medical resources and mission circumstances commonly facing the SOF Medic.
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Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, 2001, is the first edition of a comprehensive medical reference resource designed for Special Operations Forces (SOF) medics. This “single-source” reference provides many revolutionary approaches to accessing medical information, such as a treatment hierarchy based on available medical resources and mission circumstances commonly facing the SOF Medic. The Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook is an innovative achievement in military medical knowledge, with contributions by over 80 medical specialists organized into a problem-oriented template for reference to diagnoses and treatments.
As an Infantry Special Forces Officer in Vietnam and later along the Thai-Laotian border, I lived with valiant medics who did their utmost to care for our wounded and sick. These medics, called “Doc” by the men they served, primarily relied on the only medical resources at their disposal- what they brought to the war, ingenuity and courage. To those SOF medic warriors and all those who have served so ably and well since, this handbook is given in remembrance of noble deeds and honorable intentions, so that those SOF medics who follow can serve at an even higher level of medical skill and knowledge.
I dedicate this work to all combat medics, especially those of the Special Operations Forces, who have made and continue to make unsung sacrifices to accomplish their mission: providing exceptional care to their comrades. If this innovative medical knowledge base makes a difference in the life of one soldier, it is well worth all the time and effort it took to make it a reality. If this handbook makes that difference, then we have accomplished our mission.
Brigadier General (P) Darrel R. Porr, MD
Southeast Regional Medical Command (SERMC) and Eisenhower Army Medical Center
The Handbook is written for SOF medical personnel performing the mission with the understanding that medicine is not a sacred subject practiced only by physicians, but rather skills and knowledge that can be learned and used to save lives. There is advice in this handbook that will be viewed as outrageous in traditional, conservative, hospital-based medical settings. Only someone struggling with life and death decisions in the difficult environment of a SOF medic can appreciate the need for this advice. In other contexts it could be viewed as inappropriate, possibly even bordering on malpractice. Be advised that the Handbook has limited application outside of the SOF context and is not intended for anything other than use by highly trained SOF medics.
This Handbook is part of an evolving system, one that takes advantage of new information technology. The printed version is limited by size constraints, so the system includes a CD that covers topics in more exhaustive detail. On the CD you will find hotlinks in the text to even more information on the Web. Furthermore, we will no longer stand for an obsolete text — the Handbook will be revised annually, with improvements in format and updated information reflecting the rapid advances in medicine and information technology. We knew this project would be immense and that the first edition would be incomplete. It is wiser to get this system in the hands of SOF medics and start the dynamic process of evolution now than to wait years until the development process was completed.
All the authors have experience with SOF and its environment. All were challenged with the same question: “How would you diagnose and treat this patient if it was your wife, child or parent and you were alone, with no assistance, evacuation or consultation, in an isolated environment, armed only with the most basic of medical tools?” These authors struggled answering this difficult question, knowing they had to break with the conservative paradigms of medicine, possibly facing the censure of their peers in doing so. The SOF community and I salute your pioneering efforts. This Handbook will be instrumental in saving lives. We will maintain the course — continually improving and updating the Handbook, helping medics make the right medical decisions in the field, helping them save lives.
Table of Contents- Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook PDF
PART 1: OPERATIONAL ISSUES
PART 2: CLINICAL PROCESS
PART 3: GENERAL SYMPTOMS
PART 4: ORGAN SYSTEMS
Chapter 1: Cardiac/Circulatory
Chapter 2: Blood 4-8
Chapter 3: Respiratory
Chapter 4: Endocrine
Chapter 5: Neurologic
Chapter 6: Skin
Chapter 7: Gastrointestinal
Chapter 8: Genitourinary
PART 5: SPECIALTY AREAS
Chapter 9: Podiatry
Chapter 10: Dentistry
Chapter 11: Sexually Transmitted Diseases Urethral Discharge 5-26
Chapter 12: Zoonotic Diseases Chart 5-31
Chapter 13: Infectious Diseases
Chapter 14: Preventive Medicine
Chapter 15: Veterinary Medicine
Chapter 16: Nutritional Deficiencies
Vitamin and Mineral Chart 5-137
Chapter 17: Toxicology
Chapter 18: Mental Health
Chapter 19: Anesthesia
PART 6: OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS
Chapter 20: Dive Medicine
Chapter 21: Aerospace Medicine
Chapter 22: High Altitude Illnesses
Chapter 23: Cold Illnesses and Injuries Frostbite 6-42
Chapter 24: Heat-Related Illnesses
Chapter 25: Chemical
Chapter 26: Biological
Chapter 27: Radiation
PART 7: TRAUMA
Chapter 28: Trauma Assessment
Chapter 29: Human and Animal Bites 7-7
Chapter 30: Shock
Chapter 31: Burns, Blast, Lightning, & Electrical Injuries
Chapter 32: Non-Lethal Weapons Injuries Laser 7-28
PART 8: PROCEDURES
Chapter 33: Basic Medical Skills
Chapter 34: Lab Procedures