WRITING SOAP NOTES

A NECESSARY EVIL TO LEARN

It’s boring stuff. I know. But it is important. It is important to know how to properly document issues for your guys. It’s important to know how to write a medical note properly on a SF600 in order to help your team.

This video is a quick 6 minute powerpoint (I know!) presentation that teaches you how to think. It teaches you how to approach the note. It teaches you how to write better notes that don’t waste your team’s time. It helps you be a contributor. And it helps your battle buddy have a good note that will document his or her injury for their medical records.

Writing good SOAP notes means that you know how to begin a proper assessment. It means that you are a good “doc” because it demonstrates that you know how to think independently when a patient comes to you.

TAKE THE TIME. Hunker down for just 6 minutes.

I also recommend you watch the next video about “How to take a good History” as this is crucial to getting to the proper diagnosis.

How to Take a Good History

All content is intended to be educational only. Medics should operate under the supervision of a medical provider and abide by all local laws while stateside. Medics should only practice at the level credentialed, and only at the level allowed. This content is not intended to treat or give a substitution for any credentialed provider. Content is intended to aid in a deployed prolonged care setting. Take guidance from your leaders. Utilize these posts as preparation and as a supplement to your provider’s direction and teaching.

This content is the author’s opinion alone and does not necessarily reflect the opinion, official position, or stance of the Department of Defense, or any other branch of the United States Military.

Want to learn something I haven’t covered? Send me an email! I want to teach what you want to learn.

Email me at: admin@nextlevelmedic.com

Contact me by Email: admin@nextlevelmedic.com

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What to Expect

Over the next few weeks to months, I intend to post regularly. As I develop hip pocket training for the medics under my supervision, I will post it here so that others can benefit.

My intent is to deliver content that is relevant, helpful, and pithy. I know that medics all over the world sit in trucks and aid stations waiting for something to happen. This blog and my short videos can come with you. Utilize your time wisely. Increase your knowledge. Prepare.

It is my opinion that if we should find ourselves in a Near Peer fight, that the medic will become isolated. Already we are spreading our resources thin. Right now it is happening, and it is intentional. It could become more widespread in a Near Pear fight.

My aim is to make the medic or corpsman better. I want to deliver training that can assist a 68W, a navy corpsman, an 18D, or a flight medic to be able to take care of their “guys” without pulling them out of the fight. Trauma is not the only reason that Soldiers leave the battlefield. Being able to handle smaller situations could be extremely beneficial to prevent or delay evacuation.

I believe that I can teach medics to be eyes and ears for a provider. I can teach them to take a history and perform a relevant exam. If possible, they can relay this information back to a provider who can assist with the diagnosis and treatment plan for the medic to execute. This would be a win to keep the Soldier in the fight.

Again, my goal will be to deliver a myriad of content that is aimed at the medic level in order to improve care in austere environments. Please do provide me feedback on my content and send me suggestions for topics at admin@nextlevelmedic.com.

This content is the author’s opinion alone and does not necessarily reflect the opinion, official position, or stance of the Department of Defense, or any other branch of the United States Military.

Want to learn something I haven’t covered? Send me an email! I want to teach what you want to learn.

Email me at: admin@nextlevelmedic.com

Contact me by Email: admin@nextlevelmedic.com

All content is intended to be educational only. Medics should operate under the supervision of a medical provider and abide by all local laws while stateside. Medics should only practice at the level credentialed, and only at the level allowed. This content is not intended to treat or give a substitution for any credentialed provider. Content is intended to aid in a deployed prolonged care setting. Take guidance from your leaders. Utilize these posts as preparation and as a supplement to your provider’s direction and teaching.

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