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

It's Getting Hot in Here: The Ps and Qs of Heat Illness

By Sarah Buer on 5/23/16 8:25 AM

Human beings are big bags of water.

No, really—just check this excerpt from NOLS Wilderness Medicine by Tod Schimelpfenig:

“We hear through a medium of water, the brain is cushioned by fluid, and the joints are lubricated by fluid. Blood is 90 percent water, and every biochemical reaction takes place in a medium of water." (p. 253)

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, education, Wilderness Medicine

Self-Care in the Backcountry: Red Flags You Shouldn't Ignore

By Sarah Buer on 4/28/16 2:15 PM

“Walk it off.”

“Toughen up!”

“Rub some dirt on it.”

“Get over it.”

Have you ever heard one of these phrases? Chances are you have, and it may have shaped the way you think of “minor” discomforts.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, video, education, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

Keep Calm and Medic On: How a WEMT Course Can Transform Your Backcountry Experience

By Hadley Warner on 4/19/16 8:05 AM

I had been considering taking a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) course for almost three years, but something always came up to prevent it. In October of last year the idea finally became a reality and I found myself driving up a winding dirt road to the picturesque Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus on a sunny fall afternoon. The course offered by WMI combines urban and wilderness medicine while preparing participants to sit for the National Registry exam. I was not sure what the next 25 days had in store for me, but I knew the course would serve me well in the future.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, Educators Notebook, instructor, education, WEMT, leadership, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute

Smart Ways to Protect Yourself from the Sun

By Sarah Zimmerman on 4/15/16 12:17 PM
Photo by Kirk Rasmussen.
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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, Backpacking, adventure, backcountry, paddling, Wilderness Medicine

NOLS in Solidarity with the Bomberos of Honduras

By Kevin Wilson on 4/13/16 8:34 AM

NOLS instructors partner with Honduran firefighters to expand medical training in areas with limited resources.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, instructors, education, backcountry, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

WMI Employee to Wilderness First Responder

By Sarah Buer on 4/5/16 11:29 AM
Photo by Teddy Kelley.
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Topics: Wilderness First Responder, wilderness medicine, WMI, education, leadership, Wilderness Medicine

The Adventure Rolls On: Thriving through Adversity with Eric Thompson

By Sarah Buer on 3/25/16 9:45 AM
Photo courtesy of Eric Thompson.
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Topics: Alumni, Tolerance for Adversity, wilderness medicine, WMI, leadership, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

15 Signs You've Taken a Wilderness Medicine Course

By Sarah Buer on 3/11/16 1:40 PM

Whether it's a two-day Wilderness First Aid training or a month-long Wilderness EMT, courses with WMI are life-changing. That’s the point, right—to increase your awareness and preparedness for emergencies to happen?

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

The Cold Truth: Debunking Hypothermia Myths

By Sarah Buer on 3/2/16 10:14 AM

Get your facts straight with these five common myths about hypothermia (and the truths of the matter according to Tod Schimelpfenig, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Curriculum Director!):

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, risk management, video, Wilderness Medicine

Treatment Principles, Recipes and Thinking Cooks

By Tod Schimelpfenig on 1/14/16 2:00 PM

One of NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt’s endearing habits was challenging students to explain their choices and the principles behind their decisions and techniques. He wouldn’t settle on one best way to do something, he sought the practical and effective way.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for students of first aid and pre-hospital medicine to be taught in absolutes; practices that supposedly work all the time, practices framed as being based on solid evidence but in reality often founded on bronze, not gold standard, science.

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Topics: wilderness medicine, WMI, leadership, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute, Wilderness Medicine

Your Favorite Posts of 2015

By Katherine Boehrer on 12/28/15 9:37 PM

'Tis the season for top 10 lists! We've had a great year on the NOLS Blog thanks to you, our readers! To celebrate, we took a look back your favorite posts from this year.

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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, wilderness medicine, cooking, instructor, education, backcountry, leadership

4 Ways You Can Get Cold (And How Not To)

By Molly Herber on 12/18/15 9:27 AM

Hypothermia is always a concern when you spend time in the outdoors, but when cold winter temperatures hit it’s especially important to pay attention to how you’re losing heat.

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Topics: Expedition Prep, wilderness medicine, WMI, risk management, Backpacking, video, backcountry

Future Outdoor Leaders Grow Using AmeriCorps Awards

By Molly Herber on 12/11/15 11:28 AM
An outdoor class during the WFR course. Photo courtesy of Opal Creek.
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Topics: Alumni, Behind the Scenes, AmeriCorps, wilderness medicine, WMI, education, leadership

How Not to Get Frostbite

By Molly Herber on 12/9/15 11:11 AM
Photo by Adam Swisher.
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Topics: winter camping, wilderness medicine, WMI, backcountry, leadership, Wilderness Medicine