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Ben Lerman

Ben Lerman
Ben is the former NOLS Wilderness Medicine Marketing Coordinator and a Wilderness First Responder graduate. He enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, and hopes to someday adventure in the mountains on each of the 7 continents.

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Why You Should Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

By Ben Lerman on Mar 21, 2019
NOLS Wilderness Medicine student practices caring for a patient in the outdoors. Photo by Jared Steinman.
 

You love the outdoors. The beauty. The adventure. The chance to unplug. The quality time with family and friends, or even by yourself. Whether you choose to explore the wilds by hiking, on the water, with a fishing rod in hand, or up a mountain road with your camper, the remoteness and rawness of it all is likely part of the appeal.

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Medicine

9 Wilderness Medicine Acronyms You Need to Know

By Ben Lerman on Mar 11, 2019
NOLS students practice skills during a scenario on their course. Photo by Kyle Wilson.
 

You’ve taken your WFA, WFR, or WEMT and learned about PAS, ABCDE, and MOI. So many abbreviations, so little time!

Whether you’re filling out a SOAP note for a real-life patient or reviewing your skills with a NOLS case study, wilderness medicine’s plethora of abbreviations and acronyms can be a lot to remember.

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Topics: patient assessment, first aid, wilderness medicine

Quiz: Sprains, Strains, and Athletic Injuries

By Ben Lerman on Sep 26, 2018
 
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, quiz

Gender-inclusive Communication for First Responders

By Ben Lerman on Aug 23, 2018


Practicing a patient assessment during a course. Photo by Luis Camargo.

As a medical provider in the wilderness, it’s important to not make judgments or assumptions. For example, rather than assuming a patient is low risk for a spine injury, you can use a focused spine assessment to gather information relevant to your decision.

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Inclusion, communication

Quiz: Managing Altitude Illness

By Ben Lerman on Aug 8, 2018
 
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, altitude illness, quiz

7 Fishing First Aid Hazards (and What to Do)

By Ben Lerman on Jul 18, 2018


Photo from NOLS Alaska

You’re enjoying a beautiful day at your local fishing spot. Fish are rising everywhere and you’ve hooked three big brook trout already. But your day can easily take a turn if you accidentally walk through a patch of poison oak. Or get stung by a wasp. Or slip on the rocky shore.
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, fishing

Quiz: Treating Heat Illness and Dehydration

By Ben Lerman on Jun 13, 2018
 
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, quiz, heat illness

Snakebites: Myth vs. Reality

By Ben Lerman on Jun 4, 2018

In the movies, snakes bite constantly, fly through the air to strike, and kill their victims almost instantly with their venomous bites. Those involved respond in all manner of ways, from trying to photograph and identify the snakes’ species in 2006’s Snakes on a Plane to cutting open the bite wound and attempting to suck out the poison in 2010’s True Grit. Needless to say, these sensationalized portrayals can be misleading.

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Topics: WFR, first aid, wilderness medicine, myth, snakebite

Shock: What Causes It and What To Do

By Ben Lerman on May 31, 2018


Photo by Mike Trewartha.

What is shock? It’s a term that gets used frequently in casual conversation to describe emotional reactions. It’s also a serious medical condition that can be difficult to recognize, and even harder to treat, in the wilderness context.

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, shock

Quiz: Bites and Envenomation

By Ben Lerman on May 8, 2018
 
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, quiz

Climbing for More Than the Summit

By Ben Lerman on Apr 5, 2018


Ahlqvist on an acclimatization climb in the Himalaya. Photo courtesy of Carina Ahlqvist.

“I am driven to do my part for a better world, not just reach the summit and get an adrenaline kick.”

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Topics: Himalayan climbing, Behind the Scenes, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, mountaineering, stories

Quiz: Handling Burns in the Outdoors

By Ben Lerman on Mar 27, 2018
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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, quiz

Using Your Wilderness Medicine Skills to Treat Pets

By Ben Lerman on Mar 21, 2018


Photo by Kirk Rasmussen

“Wound care is wound care, regardless of the type of mammal. I find that knowing the patient assessment system and other treatment principles is helpful, even with a dog. Pup has diarrhea? Palpate the abdomen to see if there’s specific tenderness. Dog is lethargic? Consider ‘ins and outs’ and if that’s affecting energy level. Reluctant to use an extremity? Try a usability test.” - Missy White, NOLS Instructor

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid

What to Do When You Hook Yourself: Removing a Fishhook

By Ben Lerman on Mar 14, 2018


Photo by Brad Christensen.

It's the first fair-weather Saturday of the month. Most people are sleeping in—but not you. It’s time to fish!

Typically, you fish a barbless fly because you know it's easier to get the hook out of the fish’s mouth, but today you and your buddy are trying to catch your limit for a fish-fry later. You choose an obnoxiously large streamer with the biggest, nastiest, barb you have in your fly-box.

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, Wilderness First Aid, fishing

Quiz: First Aid for Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Teeth

By Ben Lerman on Feb 14, 2018

 

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Topics: first aid, wilderness medicine, quiz