Today we had our first critical mass scenario. We spent the morning learning about environmental concerns from Mairi. She is the Administrative Director of Landmark Learning as well as an instructor and full-time mother of two! She taught us everything that we needed to know about hypothermia, immersion foot, heat stroke and the like. We finished off the morning by rescuing and treating a hypothermic patient that we found in the creek.
After lunch we were faced with an incident involving 3 patients who were part of a biking/ horseback riding collision. I was amazed at how quickly our group leapt to action. A few of the issues we had to deal with were a femur fracture, a flailing chest wound, and a skull fracture. Two of the patients were carried down the mountainside using a backboard and a litter. We made it back to base safely just before a typical summer afternoon thunderstorm. It was a great way to put together all of the skills that we have learned over the past five days! What a rush!
Photo- Phil, John, and other members of the team use a backboard to carry our patient down the mountain. (photo courtesy of Jeremy Quant)