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Shock: What Causes It and What To Do

By Ben Lerman on 5/31/18 8:41 AM


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

Quiz: Bites and Envenomation

By Ben Lerman on 5/8/18 8:17 AM
 
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Topics: wilderness medicine, first aid, quiz

Quiz: Handling Burns in the Outdoors

By Ben Lerman on 3/27/18 8:56 AM
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Topics: wilderness medicine, first aid, quiz

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

By Ben Lerman on 2/14/18 8:26 AM

 

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Topics: wilderness medicine, first aid, quiz

Your Favorite Stories from 2017

By Molly Herber on 12/20/17 2:31 PM

The stories we tell reveal a piece of ourselves. This year, the stories you loved told of people changed by the mountains and steps to achieve goals; that busted myths and shared ways to care for each other in the wilderness, both in mind and body.

Looking at the stories you loved reading, you can see where this community’s values are: in people and the environment. We hope you enjoy taking a look back at the seven most-read stories from 2017.

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Topics: Live the Dream, first aid, leadership, tolerance for adversity and uncertainty

Responding to Hurricane Harvey with Wilderness First Aid Skills

By Brad Zirkel on 10/31/17 8:32 AM

We found ourselves in our boat pulling away from the only dry land we could see. It looked as though a normal city neighborhood, with older homes lined up in rows covered by large shade trees, had been built in the middle of a shallow lake.

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Topics: NOLS Wilderness Medicine, first aid, wilderness medicine

A First Responder Changes the Conversation about Mental Health

By Jared Apperson on 5/25/17 1:17 PM

Editor’s note: Jared Apperson is a longtime NOLS Wilderness Medicine instructor and former flight paramedic. Here, he talks about the psychological challenges of working in emergency medicine and his mission to raise awareness of post traumatic stress for first responders.

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

The 5 Components of Psychological First Aid

By Laura McGladrey on 5/22/17 8:17 AM

Editor’s note: Adapted from the Spring 2017 issue of The Leader under the title “Psychological First Aid Toolkit—What’s in Yours?”

The common image of a first responder is someone with a snappy set of gloves smoothly bandaging a spurting wound or administering an EpiPen to a patient having an anaphylactic reaction. Injuries, we imagine, are easy to see and easy to fix.

While treating physical wounds seems like the most important way a first responder can help a patient, there’s a lot that we can do to care for a patient’s mental health, especially during and right after a traumatic event.

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

What to Do If You Get Sick While Camping

By Sarah Buer on 1/12/17 9:46 AM

“A cold” can refer to a range of viral, flu-like symptoms like fever, sore throat, sinus infection, cough, stomach bugs, upper respiratory infections, or simply the sniffles. Getting sick and having some combination of these cold symptoms can be common when you’re hiking, camping, or doing another activity outdoors. While having a cold is never fun, being in the backcountry when you get sick can make it that much worse.

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Topics: backcountry, education, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, wilderness medicine, Wilderness Medicine, WMI, illness, first aid

27 Considerations for a Wilderness First Aid Kit

By Sarah Buer on 6/3/16 8:52 AM

As it says in the NOLS Wilderness Medicine handbook, “There’s no such thing as the perfect first aid kit, so you should consider your needs and build a kit that meets them.”

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Topics: education, first aid, First Aid Kit, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, wilderness medicine, Wilderness Medicine, WMI

Treating Burns in the Backcountry

By NOLS Blog on 9/4/15 8:00 AM

In the backcountry, it can be easy to get burned while holding a hot pan or pouring a hot drink. Small burns can be more annoying than dangerous, but they can still get infected, while more serious burns in delicate areas, like joints and the face, can cause long-term damage.

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Topics: risk management, Wilderness Medicine, WMI, wilderness medicine, first aid

To Thaw or Not to Thaw

By Tod Schimelpfenig on 5/19/15 2:00 AM

Photo by AJ Linnell.
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Topics: wilderness medicine, backcountry, first aid, Wilderness First Responder, winter, frostbite

Is Urine Sterile? And Other Questions About Using Pee in First Aid

By Tod Schimelpfenig on 5/1/15 12:00 AM

Photo by Max Pixel.
 

Rarely does a wilderness medicine class go by without someone asking about using urine as a wound irrigating solution, to cool hot people, and for who knows what else. 

Urine on a patient is not the standard of care. Medical professionals would not support this action. Many consider it ineffective, unprofessional and creepy.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, backcountry, first aid

In Their Words: NOLS New Zealand

By Casey Adams on 5/13/14 1:35 AM

Students who turn to NOLS for their semester abroad treasure the experience. Wendy Cirko and Cory McDonald both took NOLS semesters as their semesters abroad last year. Both Spring Semester in New Zealand graduates, shared their reflections on the experience and the education with us recently, and we had to share. Learn more about upcoming semesters in New Zealand here.

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Topics: Semester abroad, listen, NOLS, leadership, academic credit, self confidence, Behind the Scenes, Semester, outdoor recreation, graduates, active learner, navigation, sailing, future, college, first aid, National Outdoor Leadership School, feedback, communication, Semester of campus, natural resource recreation management, New Zealand, university credit, risk management, Backpacking, environmental studies, kayaking, life-changing, self-awareness, perseverance, degree, outdoor education, wildlife, leave no trace, philosophy, route planning, team member, college credit, education, Salisbury University, wilderness, backcountry

'An amazing experience'

By Casey Adams on 9/3/13 1:41 AM

By Nicholas Nerli, age 14

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Topics: NOLS, leadership, Vermont, Lander, team, navigation, Noonmark Mountain, Expedition Prep, teens, first aid, learning, skills, cooking, summiting, Lake Champlain, summer vacation, instructors, New York, Adirondack, backcountry, Rocky Mountain, NOLS Northeast