In this final installment of the Thai rescue Derek debriefs and summarizes some of the lessons learned.
If you found this interesting and are new to PJ Medcast go back and listen to podcasts 94-97 and listen to the series on the MV Tamar rescue mission.
Remember the Handbook is summarized in the first 20 episodes and is a great way to review the PJ Medical Operations Handbook.
Finally- with great sadness for those of you who have come to PJ Med Courses, my friend and Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Michael Graver and his wife Jodi Cohen, friend of the 103rd and the Pararescue career-field and pilot, died this week in a small plane crash. Dr. Graver took time out of his schedule several days a year to volunteer to teach PJs about thoracic trauma in the Cadaver lab. He was committed to teaching PJs and was always proud to read about PJs hacking the mish around the world.
That Others May Live
The PJ TL describes the step by step actions and meticulous attention to detail the disparate group of rescuers performed to safely and successfully get the children and the coach out.
Learn about the level professionalism that was displayed to perform this high profile, high risk mission.
Watching the news as PJs are on standby in the Carolinas during Hurricane Florence.
Hello to all PJs deployed worldwide.
Part 3 of 5. Operation Wild Boar.
Another exceptional discussion of the evolution of this incredible mission that gripped the world.
Today is 9-11-2018.
On behalf of TEAM NY, the 103rd Rescue Squadron, we send our warmest wishes to the survivors of the citizens, FDNY, NYPD, PAPD members and others who perished on 9-11. We will never forget.
PJs from the 103rd were on the pile with the FDNY firefighters on September 12.
We are grateful for our Operators who stay vigilant in continuing to protect our freedom, and our law enforcement and first responders who are exceptional Americans we count on everyday.
This second in a series of 5 podcasts were cut from a long discussion so there is no intro or closing to most of them.
This podcast begins to discuss mission execution and the rescue of the children and coach from the wild boars soccer team.
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PJ J talks about his experience with the R & R program at the Univ of Utah.
He discusses the issues of high ops tempo, toll on the family, and details about the R & R program Doc Bryan discussed last week.
We really want to drive home the message that this is appropriate for burn out and smoldering issues, not just more definitive mental health issues like PTSD and Depression.
Support the Pararescue Foundation by doing team events once a year, in addition to individual contributions and encouraging those of family and friends.
Doc Bryan discusses this focused 2 week intensive program based out of Park City and Salt Lake City Utah. Comparable or better results compared to standard treatments that take months.
Several PJs and other SOF Operators have used this with success.
It is also unique because the families can come and take part in discussions and therapy if indicated, and also enjoy all that Park City has to offer in all seasons.
Treatment is free and the PJ Foundation generally covers ancillary costs.
If you are interested reach out to Doc Bryan at the Univ Of Utah and Ron at the Pararescue Foundation.
Univ of Utah 801-587-7978
Doc Bryan is a prior AF Psychologist. He currently is the Executive Director of National Center for Veteran's Studies at the Univ of Utah. He partnered with the AF Psychology Service to perform long term research on our Operators during OEF.
The articles are posted on pjmed.com
In this episode he discusses findings that have been published in peer reviewed journals, and implications for PJ Mental Health.
He also runs a two week program which we will highlight in another episode.
Heat illness is a shockingly common problem for the military in the US and abroad. One of our PJ Docs discusses the categorization, diagnosis and management of the range of heat illness from cramps to life threatening heat stroke. And why it is such a profound military issue summer after summer. Strategies to mitigate heat illness in SOF Operators and manage it are discussed.
See the updates on our website: pjmed.com
If you have news clips from your teams you want to have linked on pjmed.com please send them to Doc directly or get my email from your leadership.
The PJ Med Director / SOF Medical Officer Course is set for JAN 2019. See info on pjmed.com
Dr Sara Alger is a DOD sleep research scientist and has a PhD in cognitive neuroscience.
She discusses the science of optimally learning and training in regards to the critical role sleep plays in encoding, retaining and retrieving new, complex information.
This is important for all Operators, trainers and educators.
The Thailand Cave Rescue is underway. PJs are on the mission. We will not discuss any details until it is completed.
We are using this opportunity to speak to the FDNY Scuba Team Commanding Officer who is a certified cave diver.
Principles of cave diving.
Similarities and differences from open ocean diving.
Considerations in caves and caverns regarding air quality and oxygen. Issues in rescue.
Follow the rescue and keep the victims, PJs, and other rescuers in your thoughts and prayers. This is a high risk operation.
PJ Josh had a near complete rupture of his ACL and was recommended to undergo surgery, He discusses his injury, the surgeon's recommendations, research he did, and ultimately the process he went through to get a stem cell injection and the outcome.
This podcast introduces Sean Berman who has performed medical research on stem cells and TBI. Stem cells hold promise in the treatment of various injuries and degenerative conditions and have been used by several clinics.
Sean will explain the science of stem cells and specifically stem cells harvested from a patient's own fat.
This is the first of several podcasts that will introduce you to stem cells, the state of current understanding and use, the promises and what is known. The podcasts will culminate in discussions with PJs who have gone for this therapy.
The reference for the paper is:
Effective Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in
Rowett Nude Rats with Stromal Vascular
Sean Berman 1,*, Toni L. Uhlendorf 2, Mark Berman 1 and Elliot B. Lander 1
Brain Sci. 2018, 8, 112; doi:10.3390/brainsci8060112
Highlights of the Special Operations Medical Scientific Assembly- Part 1 of 2. Great meeting.
Being a member of SOMA (Special Operations Medical Association) should be part of your professional and medical development for a special operations medic / 18D , IDC or PJ. Attending this annual meeting is an important chance to network with colleagues from the other branches, hear lessons learned and subject matter experts. Like using a foley in a wound track for hemorrhage control...
The history of memorial day is presented from the PJ Association website and Wikipedia.
The origin was Decoration Day, where Southern women decorated the graves of Civil War fallen.
Learn about the evolution of Memorial Day in our history.
Honoring the Gold Star Families of the Crew of Jolly 51 and all of our Fallen...
Part 2 of TCCC Committee paper on Tension Pnuemothorax and the new guidelines for management.
Fifth interspace anterior axillary line.
A Patrick PJ was laid to rest today.
"That Others May Live"
The TCCC Committee has made new changes to the management of suspected tension pneumothorax.
They created a great paper on all of the aspects of this regarding diagnosis. management and controversial issues.
This is Part 1.
Regards from SOMSA. Thanks to many folks for coming up and saying hello.
More feedback comes in on the value of this podcast to our amazing Operational Medics around the globe- Be safe.
After the loss of Jolly 51 we engaged an Operational Psychologist to support the Wing and the Leadership.
We discuss the grieving process and loss, and how Operators deal with it different from civilians.
What are normal reactions to death, and when do we need to intervene and seek support to prevent long term problems related to the loss of teammates and friends?
These issues and more are discussed in Part 1 of this conversation.
Support the Pararescue Foundation!
In memory of the crew of Jolly 51.
Remember the aviators and operators.
I review a few things we stressed on base this week that are helpful getting through these difficult times to deal with those close to us who are suffering and to help you get through these challenging tragedies.
The 2 Vs- ventilate and validate.
Go thru the different phases of grief.
Grieve- remember- move forward.
"That Others May Live"
Here is a simple and concise way to approach PFC from the working group. It is a nice re-look at how to view it.
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check out the news for a recent Portalng PJ rescue on Mt Hood.
Continuation of great thoughts on leadership.
Start checking out SPECIALTACTICS.com,
we will be merging PJMED.com to this site.
Leadership is about character.
Leadership means influencing people.
Influencing people requires building relationships with them.
Advanced skills are the basics mastered.
Practice the basics daily!
Our good friend Dr Mazzoli created a publication from the vision center for excellence. OCS (orbital compartment syndrome) can result from trauma to the head, face and orbit, resulting in increased pressure behind the eye threatening the retina and optic nerve. This is a potentially preventible cause of blindness. This podcast discusses what OCS is. You need to learn it on a specimen. It is relatively straightforward. You can look for it on youtube. The document will go out in the next Med newsletter and can also be found on PJ med.com
Please send donations to pararescuefoundation.org to help defray costs of the winter retreat.