PUBLISHED: 2:31 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Wilderness medicine training coming to Juneau this month
Lucy Tate is sponsoring an intensive backcountry medical training course in Juneau March 18-26. This 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder course will enable students to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles away from help and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and those who spend time in remote areas. Graduates will receive WFR certification by Wilderness Medical Associates, valid for three years, as well as BLS level CPR and anaphylaxis certification.

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.