What makes a Special Forces medic the best option for executive or media support?
Within reason, most people would consider a doctor to be the ideal health care provider. However, few health care providers, regardless of how well traveled, have visited foreign hospitals—much less studied them, their supplies, the manufacturing standards of these supplies, and the training regime of the medical staff. And very few health care providers are experienced in planning for and implementing emergency evacuations in foreign countries, especially while working side-by-side with host nation personnel and in a foreign language.
SPECOPS is a certified medical training agency recognized by the ECSI.
While working in primitive conditions under physical and mental duress, no one compares to a Special Forces medic, especially when considering that one medic can provide security and language support as well as communications, emergency survival, and a wide variety of other services.
U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Beret) medics are considered to be among the world's most well-rounded health care providers. Throughout our careers we have become experts in medical intelligence gathering by extensively researching areas prior to travel. This includes endemic and epidemic diseases, preventive medicine, local medical facilities and evacuation procedures to include sea, air and land capabilities.
As well as being licensed paramedics, Special Forces medics are trained in surgery, anesthesia, dentistry, laboratory procedures, obstetrics, gynecology, pharmacology and radiology as well as veterinary, psychiatric, pediatric, tropical and preventive medicine. Our specialty, however, is the unassisted treatment of trauma and mass casualties and definitive health care in remote locations for extended periods.
For Media Support in particular, there are many unexpected, but inherent risks in international filmmaking, the outcome of which can be greatly influenced by professional planning and preparation. Our SPECOPS Medics are U.S. Army Special Forces Medics and trained in:
- To the same level as a physician and are required to attend M.D. certification training annually
- (called Advanced Trauma Life Support - ATLS).
- To include recognizing signs and symptoms, prevention, immunizations, treatment and side effects
- (A special skill not found amongst most U.S. trained physicians as it is rare to encounter these in the states).
- Trained in the chemistry and biology of pharmaceuticals and the human body;
- able to understand how to administer antibiotics and the full spectrum of medicine.
- Yes, we're authorized to prescribe and dispense drugs!
- To include fillings and extractions (with anesthesia).
- Comes in handy when locations have or encounter animals.
- Yes, that’s right, we're trained to be able to do local injections for nerve blocks to administer sutures,
- or to give full surgical general anesthesia for amputations, emergency appendectomy, etc.
- Let’s hope not, but good to have!
- We can do many basic surgical procedures, such as cyst draining, wart removal, stitches, x-raying,
- reading and making casts for fractures and focus on temporary surgical repair in cases of mass trauma
- to stabilize and insure survivability before transport to a modern health care facility.
- All aspects of disease diagnosing using basic lab techniques.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Part of the job in any village.
- All your needs for analyzing the area for diseases, how to make base camp latrines (restrooms),
- food preparation, storage, shower facilities, personal hygiene, waste disposal,
- how to find and use local pharmaceuticals, etc, etc.
- Your one stop shop if you're going abroad to remote or hostile areas!
- If you run out of supplies, get stranded or want to know how to use local plant life
- for medicinal purposes, our medics know what to do.
Our Medics are the best trained in the world, and no other branch in our military or military in any other nation has spent the time and money to train their medics to the same level. Our Medics practice as physicians in military hospitals stateside and in civilian hospitals abroad as they often have a much higher level of training than what some nations require for a doctor’s license there. They have much more than ANY other medical professional such as a Nurse (RN), Paramedic (PM), or Physician’s Assistant (PA). And because of their specialty training and focus, they are often better suited for austere environments than Medical Doctors (MD), as they are accustomed to treating empirically; that is, without the benefit of laboratories; they know rare tropical diseases and nutrition deficiencies that physicians don't regularly encounter and they are adept at improvising based on limited supplies and equipment, to include field sterilization techniques. They are all trained to run a hospital/clinic and travel with only an Aid Bag, and set up a First Aid Station or Medevac operation.
SPECOPS Medics can be Paramedic-licensed if required by insurance for U.S. based operations. Most are National Registry, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic Level. Some old-school medics have been deployed too much to attend that training because they've been abroad treating thousands at physician level, and often bring more to the table in the way of experience than the younger NR-EMT-PM medics.
In addition to our Medical Services, we can provide medical training in:
- Combat Anesthesia
- Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
- Much more
Our Medics are usually instructor-certified in these areas as well.
Our Medics are the best trained in the world and no other branch in our military or military in any other nation has spent the time and money to train their medic to the same level.