November 2013

Wilderness First Aid Photo

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Jason and Deane headed South for a warm Florida weekend to teach CPR and Wilderness First Aid for the Florida Trails Association. A majority of the participants were volunteer trail building/maintenance crew leaders on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Quite a few in the CPR and Wilderness First Aid group were first responders, nurses, physician's assistants, and doctors, and all were ready to throw down on some scenarios at Silver Springs State Park. They were a pleasure to teach and we hope to make a trip down to teach for the FTA again!

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Justin Padgett, Executive Director of Landmark Learning, WMI Instructor, attended the first Wilderness Medical Society conference held on Dauphin Island, Alabama October 31-November 3rd 2013. Dauphin Island is located just of the main land in the Gulf of Mexico and east of the 2010 BP oil spill. The focus of this conference was on environmental and climate change; the current and future impacts for remote and urban medical care providers.  Great speakers from around the country traveled to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for this intimate view into the realities of climate change. These conferences create great opportunities to meet like minded medical professionals and glean current information on a myriad of wilderness medicine topics. Word on the water, is that the WMS will be seeking more opportunities to create smaller and easily accessible conferences like this one around the country.  

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Swiftwater Rescue Training Photo

American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainers, Justin Padgett and Tom Borroughs were thrilled to attend and present at the inaugural National Conference on Swiftwater Rescue held 25-27 October 2013 in Dillsboro, NC on the Tuckasegee River.  The conference was well attended by a little more than 100 participants from all over the country. The air temperatures during the water coursework ranged from 26 to about 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so we had some chilly dry suits at times. It is a complete understatement to say how privileged we were to teach along side the founders of SWR curriculum; Charlie Walbridge, Les Bechel, and Slim Ray. Thank you to all of those who traveled so far to be part of this historical event!  

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EMT-B Student

I was lying by the side of a dirt road, barely conscious. I had a compound fracture protruding from my lower leg; it looked like a bloody, broken chicken bone or something was sticking out of my shin. The car my friend was driving had run up on an embankment going around a bend and I was launched out. I could hear one voice calling out in the car that had stopped about 25 feet off, but the second passenger was silent. Not a good sign. A medic finally came running and stabilized my spine while another was inspecting my leg, provoking an excruciating amount of pain. They splinted my leg up, checked for other major injuries, and then rolled me onto a very uncomfortable spine board to carry me away…. Or so the scenario went. I attended Landmark’s EMT course the summer after I graduated from college as I was taking a year off before going to medical school. I’m from the Carolinas and have only heard great things from people about Landmark Learning’s courses so I decided to give their Intensive EMT-B Course a shot. In short, Landmark was pretty awesome. The location, in the mountains of NC, was very nice. The cool mountain air was a nice change during the summer and the rural setting was beautiful. The size of the class was a plus: only 11 of us were in the EMT course. It never seemed crowded and we were able to form a fun little community during our time off.  But the instructors were the best part of the course. Deane and Padj were the primary instructors and they worked great together. They brought some serious energy to the 8 a.m. start times each morning and knew how to keep people focused through long days in the classroom. The coolest thing about the curriculum was the daily scenarios we did. They started out simple enough but we did multiple ones each day. The scenarios continued to build on each other as we covered new content in the classroom until they were pretty elaborate and definitely engaging, like the car accident I mentioned above. I can’t think of a better way to reinforce the knowledge we learned in the classroom, unless we were to actually go out and experiment on sick people (though we did get real experience with the 12 hours of clinicals). Landmark’s EMT course was a good experience that prepared me for a job as an EMT. For me, it was also a good refresher on some Anatomy and Physiology topics that will be useful to have an understanding of when going into medical school. I’ve recommended the course to friends and would say it is a great start for getting into emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. Thanks guys! Dylan