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Wilderness Medicine

Medicine and the Spirit of Adventure

Wilderness Medicine, Medicine and the sprit of adventure


NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WILDERNESS MEDICINE
Big Sky Ski Resort February 15 - 19, 2017

Introduction | Program | Pre-Conference Workshop | AWEP Certification
Optional Workshops | Children's Programs | Activities
Travel | Big Sky Accommodations | Faculty | FAQs

Have Questions? Please call Toll Free (844) 945-3263 or email: wildmed@cmescience.com


Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider
Optional Course leading to AWEPTM Certification

(Participants receive 15.5 additional CME credits)

Advanced level intensive and hands-on training taught by leaders in Wilderness Medicine including, Howard Donner, MD, Eric Weiss, MD, Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN. Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios. Successful completion of course leads to AWEPTM Certification.


Wednesday, February 15th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, February 16th 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Friday, February 17th 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Saturday, February 18th 12:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Course tuition: $495
AWEP Certification is good for 4 years and is the highest wilderness medicine certification offered.
Please note:
To register for the AWEP Certification Course, you must be registered for the main conference.
(Includes 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM all supplies, syllabus, breakfast, and certificate)


About the Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider (AWEP) Certification Course

A comprehensive course leading to AWEP Certification that is designed to prepare physicians and other health care providers with an extensive background in key topics and practical skills needed to become a competent expedition, wilderness, or Search and Rescue Medical Provider. The course requires many important practical skills modules and also a testing of competency by a certification exam. The topics in this course are also relevant for many human disaster areas when hospital based care may be distant or lacking.

PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15th, 2017

8:15 - 8:30 INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

8:30 - 10:30 INITIAL PATIENT ASSESSMENT AND STABILIZATION (2 CME HRS)
Scene management
Field triage, examination, and assessment
Treatment priorities
Stabilization of injured or ill patients
Introduction to patient packaging
Long term evacuation considerations

10:30 - 11:00 BREAK

11:00 - 12:00 PACKAGING, LIFTING, AND MOVING PATIENTS IN THE WILDERNESS OR AUSTERE ENVIRONMENT (1 CME HR)
Patient movement and transfers
Clearing cervical spine injuries in the field
Improvising effective cervical collars
Pelvic fracture; assessment and management
Hip dislocation; assessment and relocation technique

12:00 - 1:00 BREAK

1:00 - 4:00 PM RESCUE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY: IMPROVISED TRAUMA CARE: PART 1 (3 CME HRS)
Improvised evacuation techniques
Improvised litter construction, packaging and carries
Femur fracture and improvised femoral traction
Management of common backcountry orthopedic injuries; reduction and splinting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2017

12:30 - 1:15 AIRWAY MANAGEMENT AND FLUID RESUSCITATION SKILLS (.75 CME HR)
Airway emergencies in austere environment
Vascular access including intraosseous (IO) techniques and fluid replacement systems
Dehydration and hyponatremia

1:15 - 2:30 MANAGEMENT OF COMMON SEVERE MEDICAL AND TRAUMATIC EMERGENCIES IN A WILDERNESS SETTING (1.25 CME HR)
Anaphylactic Shock and Allergic Emergencies
Neurologic Emergencies (Stroke, SAH, Bell's Palsy)
Chest Pain (Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Aortic Dissection, Pulmonary Embolism, Angina)
Head trauma; field evaluation, assessment, and evacuation considerations
Chest trauma (pneumothorax, flail chest, open chest injuries)

2:30 -2:45 BREAK

2:45 - 3:30 RESCUE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY: IMPROVISED TRAUMA CARE: PART 2 (.75 CME HRS)
Management of upper and lower extremity injuries including reduction of dislocation and splinting of sprains and fractures
Assessment and stabilization of backcountry ankle injuries
Taping an ankle

3:30 - 4:00 BACKCOUNTRY SOFT TISSUE AND WOUND MANAGEMENT (.5 CME HR)
Healing by primary versus secondary intention
High risk versus low risk wounds
Wound closure options
Infection control
Evacuation considerations

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2017

12:30 - 1:45 WILDERNESS RESCUE PART 1 (1.25 CME HRS)
Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care

1:45 - 2:00 BREAK

2:00 - 3:00 WILDERNESS RESCUE PART II (1 CME HR)
Participants will be introduced to commercial rescue equipment, including liter packaging, liter carries, and use of spine boards and other immobilization devices

3:00 - 4:00 WILDERNESS RESCUE PART III (1 CME HR)
Low angle rescue scenarios

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2017

12:30 - 2:00 SCENARIO TRAINING WITH DRY RUN (1.5 CME HRS)
Scenario dress rehearsal
Real-time critique

2:00 - 2:15 BREAK

2:15 - 3:30 PATIENT SCENARIOS (1.25 CME HRS)
Participants will be responsible for assessing, stabilizing, and managing multiple victims with simulated injuries or illnesses using commonly available backcountry equipment

3:30 - 3:45 SCENARIO DEBRIEFING (.25 CME HR)

3:45 - 4:00 ONLINE EXAM INSTRUCTIONS, SUMMATION, AND FAREWELL

Total CME hours: 15.5

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

INITIAL PATIENT ASSESSMENT AND STABILIZATION
Initial examination and assessment of a patient in a remote setting. Stabilization of injured or ill patients including treatment priorities.

MANAGEMENT OF COMMON MEDICAL EMERGENCIES IN A WILDERNESS SETTING (Anaphylaxis, dehydration, acute MI, CVA, etc.)
Assessment and initial mgmt. of common medical emergencies in a wilderness setting. Topics include acute myocardial infarctions, stroke, anaphylaxis, and dehydration

IMPROVISED CARE OF TRAUMATIC INJURIES (INCLUDING SPINE INJURIES)
Recognition, assessment, and pathophysiology of traumatic injuries in a wilderness or remote setting. Initial management of traumatic injuries. Also Includes improvisational techniques for femoral traction splints, pelvic binding for pelvic fractures, treating epistaxis, tube thoracostomy, etc.

COMMUNICATION / SIGNALING
A detailed discussion of medical communication skills in a wilderness setting, which includes radio use as well as signaling for help.

PACKAGING, LIFTING, AND MOVING PATIENTS IN THE WILDERNESS
Techniques for packaging, lifting, and moving patients in a wilderness setting. Includes discussion of improvised supplies as well as specialized SAR equipment.

ORTHOPEDIC SKILLS WORKSHOP
Detailed demonstration and discussion of immobilization of common orthopedic injuries. This includes splinting, taping, and reduction techniques.

EXPEDITION MEDICAL SUPPLIES WORKSHOP
A discussion of medical equipment and supplies relevant to both small and large expeditions to austere environments.

AIRWAY MANAGEMENT AND FLUID RESUSCITATION SKILLS
Discussion and demo of equipment and techniques to manage airway emergencies in austere settings. Vascular access and intraosseous fluid replacement systems also demonstrated and discussed.

SOFT TISSUE INJURIES AND WOUND MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
Management of common soft tissue injuries including lacerations, blisters, burns, and abrasions in wilderness setting through techniques of wound irrigation, wound closure, dressings.

PATIENT SCENARIOS WORKSHOP
Participants will be responsible to assess, stabilize, and treat multiple moulage / acting patients simulating injuries or illnesses in a wilderness setting.

FACULTY

ERIC A. WEISS, MD, FACEP: Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, Wilderness Medicine Fellowship, Stanford University School of Medicine; Medical Advisor, National Geographic Society, Author of A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine and Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.
HOWARD J. DONNER, MD: Filmmaker/Physician/Guide, Member 1997 Nova Everest Expedition; NASA consultant; expedition physician, 1988 American Kangchenjunga Expedition; Co- author of, Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine.
LANNY JOHNSON, FNP/PA: Physician Assistant, Jackson, Wyoming; medical advisor to Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and former medical advisor and climbing park ranger, Grand Teton National Park.
SHERYL OLSON, RN, BSN: Outdoor Survival and Navigation Instructor, Flight Nurse, Wilderness Safety Instructor, Cruise Ship Nurse, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
KAREN B. VAN HOESEN , MD , FACEP: Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director, UCSD Diving Medicine Center, University of California San Diego School of Medicine.
KYLE ALLRED, PA-C: Physician Assistant, Arcata, Ca.; Professional International Guide (Everest Base Camp, Africa, Europe, South America). Participant in finals of US National Whitewater Raft Championships (2003). Co owner Adventure Whitewater (raft guide outfitting service). Has led four expeditions to Everest base camp.



NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WILDERNESS MEDICINE

Big Sky Ski Resort February 15 - 19, 2017

Introduction | Program | Pre-Conference Workshop | AWEP Certification
Optional Workshops | Children's Programs | Activities
Travel | Big Sky Accommodations | Faculty | FAQs

Have Questions? Please call Toll Free (844) 945-3263 or email: wildmed@cmescience.com