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Will My Heart Go On: Cardiovascular Wilderness Medicine

By Colleen Kelley on Feb 10, 2020
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Topics: first-aid, wilderness-medicine, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, quiz, Wilderness Medicine

Continuing Your Wilderness Medicine Education at the WRMC

By Colleen Kelley on Sep 26, 2019
Photo by Tod Schimelpfenig

Wilderness medicine courses do an excellent job of preparing outdoor leaders to respond to the unexpected but there are some important limitations. Remember all of those scenarios? They tested your assessment skills and helped you hone your treatments while letting you practice evacuation decision-making in a low stakes environment.

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Topics: events, wilderness-medicine, WRMC, education, Wilderness Medicine, event-sub, wilderness-safety

Why You Should Take a Wilderness First Aid Course

By Ben Lerman on Mar 21, 2019
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, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

Kids on Outdoor Trips: First Aid Recommendations

By Ben Lerman on Nov 8, 2017

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

When Your Teammate Becomes Your Patient: My First Aid Training in Action

By Sarah Buer on Feb 16, 2017

Whether you’re deep in the mountains or just miles from town in your local park, wilderness medicine training can come in handy—and even save a life.

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Topics: wilderness-medicine, WMI, backcountry, Wilderness Medicine

What to Do If You Get Sick While Camping

By Sarah Buer on Jan 12, 2017

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

Preparing for a Miracle: WFR Training in Family Emergencies

By Sarah Buer on Dec 16, 2016

Two parents tell the story of their family's worst day—and the happy ending that came as a result of being prepared.

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Topics: Wilderness Medicine

A Night in Norway: Why I’m Thankful for My NOLS Wilderness Medicine Field Guide

By Xuan Ming Ng on Nov 2, 2016

I've just exited the mountains: 12 days with rain and wind and existing trails turned into rivers. Any unmarked terrain had turned into swampy, waterlogged areas; boulder fields had turned into a Russian roulette for injuries; and the higher alpine areas were completely in fog. It was difficult to climb higher without losing orientation and visibility.

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Topics: Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medicine, hypothermia

First Aid Kit Advice for River Travel

By Nate Ostis on Oct 11, 2016

First, we have to remind ourselves there is no perfect first aid kit. We need to preplan and consider the environment, the terrain, the climate, the skill set of companions, the number of days, number of people, and remoteness of our expedition.

Then, we can get down to figuring out what we actually need to bring.

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Topics: first-aid, wilderness-medicine, River, First Aid Kit, Wilderness Medicine

Highlights from the 2016 NOLS Wilderness Medicine Staff Meeting

By Sarah Buer on Sep 22, 2016

September 12th kicked off the 2016 NOLS Wilderness Medicine Staff Meeting, our annual gathering at the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus in Lander, Wyoming. Read on for some of the week’s highlights!

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Topics: Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus, Wilderness Medicine

ASL-Supported Course Fosters Inclusive Diversity and Growth

By Shari Leach on Sep 6, 2016

This course was by far the most diverse NOLS Wilderness Medicine course I've ever taught.

There was geographic diversity, with students from as far away as Slovakia, Puerto Rico and Florida, as well as those just a few miles down the road.

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Topics: wfa, WFR, diversity and inclusion, Wilderness First Responder, wilderness-medicine, Wilderness First Aid, education, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

Real Life Scenario: A Rescue at Ellison's Cave

By Allen Padgett on Aug 26, 2016

Four experienced cavers were traversing Ellison’s Cave (one of the deepest caves in the lower 48 States) when, in the middle of the mountain, one of the party slipped and fell about 30 to 40 feet down a hole. When his buddies got no response after calling down to their friend, one left to get help while the other two stayed behind.

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Topics: Alumni, wilderness-medicine, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

Which Wilderness Medicine Course Is Right for You? [Infographic]

By Sarah Buer on Aug 16, 2016

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Topics: wilderness-medicine, infographic, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Medicine

Bee Prepared: WFR Training Applied in Real Life

By Luiz Antônio Gambá on Aug 9, 2016

“Bee stings cause more anaphylaxis than do the stings of any other insect. Multiple stings … can be life-threatening.” -NOLS Wilderness Medicine

My friend Pedro de Toledo Piza and I were riding on a trail access to Medicine Hill in Paraibuna, Brazil when we decided to leave our ATVs to hike up to a lookout.

On the walk back from the lookout, we were attacked by a large swarm of Africanized bees.

The buzz of the colony was deafening as we began to suffer stings all over our bodies. Knowing that Pedro was allergic to bees, I put myself in front of him in order to divert attention from the swarm—despite my efforts, the bees still seemed to have focused more on Pedro than me.

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Topics: Alumni, wilderness-medicine, risk-management, education, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, scenario, Wilderness Medicine