Wilderness Medicine differs from traditional emergency medicine in three respects. First, transport times are measured in hours and days rather than minutes, so many phases of patient care that usually take place in a hospital must be carried out in the field. Second, severe environments dramatically increase the complexity of any emergency and heighten risk to patient and rescuers alike. Third, limited equipment makes improvisation and resourcefulness essential skills.
Classes are fast-paced with an emphasis on practical skills. Mornings are devoted to lectures while afternoon and evenings are spent outside working on everything from litter construction to full-scale rescue simulation. Call Lucy Tate at 907-766-2011E for location & registration information.