Wilderness Medicine
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Wilderness Medicine

Medicine and the Spirit of Adventure

Wilderness Medicine, Medicine and the sprit of adventure
Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider - Optional Course leading to AWEP Certification
Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

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

AWEP Schedule At A Glance

Saturday, July 28th 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 29th 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Monday, July 30th 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, July 31st 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Course tuition: $495 (Includes 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM all supplies, syllabus, breakfast, and certificate)

The AWEP Certification Course is scheduled so that students will be able to attend all plenary sessions at the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine. Note: To register for AWEP, you must be registered for the main conference.
AWEP Detailed Schedule

Saturday, July 28

7:45 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am
Introductions, Overview of Course

8:30 am - 10:15 am
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization

Wilderness Medicine

  • Scene safety
  • Initial (primary) patient assessment with wilderness approach to the "A, B,Cs"
  • Triage and prioritizing care
  • Techniques for rolling and moving a victim
  • Single rescuer considerations
  • Scene management and roles of team members
  • Communication

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Lifting & Moving Patients in the Wilderness or Austere Environment

  • Clearing and protecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine in the wilderness
  • Improvising a cervical collar
  • Assessment of pelvis and hip, diagnosis, and management
  • Practice scenario applying morning lessons

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Improvised Evacuation and Patient Packaging

  • Carries and evacuation techniques
  • Cocoon wrap with litter construction
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Improvised femoral traction splints
  • Shoulder reduction and stabilization

Sunday, July 29

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Backcountry Soft Tissue and Wound Management

Wilderness Medicine Students practicing an improvised femoral traction splint

  • Considerations for cleaning wounds in the back country
  • Wound closure techniques for those that suture and for those that don't
  • Blister management
  • Equipment and supplies for a wound care kit

2:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Wilderness Rescue with Introduction to Commercial Rescue Technology

  • Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care
  • Making an improvised harness
  • Demonstration of a vacuum litter for evacuation

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Communication and Aeromedical

  • Landing zones
  • Safety when working around a helicopter
  • Preparing a patient for helicopter evacuation

4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Improvised Trauma & Ortho Care

  • Use and application of tourniquets
  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints

Monday, July 30

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Airway Management & Fluid Resuscitation Skills

  • Airway management consideration
  • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways
  • Vascular access
  • Intraosseous (IO) needles

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Care of Traumatic Injuries in the Wilderness

  • Assessment of a victim with head trauma
  • Concussion management in the wilderness
  • Management of chest injuries including pneumothorax, flail chest, open chest wound
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Management of Common Severe Medical Emergencies in a Wilderness Setting

  • Anaphylactic shock and allergic emergencies
  • Altitude Illness cases (HACE, HAPE, AMS)
  • Chest pain (acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, angina)
  • Neurologic emergencies (stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage vs. Bell's Palsy)

Tuesday, July 31

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Practice Scenario and Debrief

Wilderness Medicine

  • Out of doors - dress appropriately
  • Simulated injuries and/or illnesses in a wilderness environment
  • Teams will implement skills learned during prior days teaching modules
  • Apply learned principles of scene safety, triage, prioritization of care
  • Implementation of patient care with instructor involvement if necessary
  • Efficient team communication and scene management
  • Instructor guided problem-solving ideas
  • Victims and rescuers will have time to share what worked, what didn't, and what they want to do differently to ultimately improve the scenario

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Test Scenario and Debrief

  • Time to do it again!
  • Scene safety
  • Scene management, triage and communication
  • Collaboration of teams
  • Assessing and prioritizing care
  • Effective and appropriate medical management
  • Implementation of improvisational treatments
  • Review of scenario with input from victims, rescuers, and faculty

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm
Summation and Exam Instructions

  • Instructions for test
  • Distribution of AWEP patches and farewell


Big Sky Resort, Montana July 28 - August 1, 2018

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Introduction | Program | Evening Programs | Optional Workshops | Pre-Conference Workshop
AWEP Certification | Recreation | Children's Programs | Faculty | Travel | Accreditation

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