Breakaway Media is honored to have published the NATO Supplement to the Journal of Special Operations Medicine. The NATO Supplement is based on the April 2012 HFM-224 NATO SOF Research Workshop. This publication shows the value of a collaborative network focused toward generating recommendations that improve SOF specific training, increase SOF access to high-fidelity medical simulation, and develop NATO SOF medical doctrine. This is the work of a highly qualified and specialized panel of experts those forward thinking in the “art of the possible,” have appropriately balanced realistic constraints and limitations faced by the nations.
The outcome of the HFM-224 NATO SOF Research workshop is the recommendation of the nations to increase their Special Operations Combat Medics’ (SOCMs) training level and authorizations, starting with attending internationally recognized courses like Military Prehospital Trauma Life Support. This initial step can serve as a foundation for interoperability across NATO SOF medicine on which higher-level SOF-specific skills can be built that are suited to the increased requirements of austere healthcare in the SOF environment. The findings are timely, as nations search for cost-effective ways to develop and sustain critical medical skills and SOF medical systems required to support the fighting capability of our most important resource: People. Vice Admiral Sean Pybus, NSHQ Commander encourages readers to engage with NSHQ and the SOF Allied Centre for Medical Education as a source for SOF medicine expertise.
This supplement is available on the Online Store in hard copy, and on the JSOM subscription page as a digital flip-book or Tablet version.