As you may know, a number of people from a variety of wilderness training organization wrote a Scope of Practice (SOP) document in 2010 for Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses.  The intent was to clearly articulate what we believe to be the intended audience of such a course and what a graduate of a 16 hour WFA should be trained…



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A medical advisor can and should be an integral part of your risk management team, not just the person who writes prescriptions for epinephrine. Functions could include review and advice on policies that have to do with safety, medical management and treatment protocols. If you do any screening, an adviser can also give some guidance…

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised, spiral-bound Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine and the fold-out Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Guide. Each reflects our understanding of current advances in the medicine utilized in wilderness and low-resource settings; while both retain their simplicity and practical utility.

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Some people are insistent that smaller snakes are more dangerous. This idea has always felt counterintuitive to me. The explanations seem fanciful at best.

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Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates and Expat Paramedic Advisor for International SOS, Arien Herrmann, submitted this great photo. This week the man is in the jungles of Irian Jaya! Don’t forget! At the end of the year, we will select the 3 best submissions. The winners will receive $100 cash prizes.  Send in a picture…

2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference Bill Frederick, WMA lead instructor and Safety Director for School for Field Studies, will be conducting a presentation on navigating risk in international locales.  Bill will review the hazard landscape, research that is available, and best practices. Specific topics will include: – Info acquisition – Transportation – Medical Care –…

Toxicologist Frank Walter published this report in the Clinical Toxicology Journal. The report reviews snakebite incident data collected over several years by the American Academy  of Poison Control Center.

Materials You Need: Download a blank SOAP Notes page here. Download the list of abbreviations here. Wilderness and Rescue Medicine Case Study The story: A 40 year old female tripped while descending a companionway amidships of a sailboat. Witnesses reported that she landed on her back on a salon table at the base of the…

Dustin was spotted sporting the man at Robber Baron Cave in Texas. Don’t forget! At the end of the year, we will select the 3 best submissions. The winners will receive $100 cash prizes.  Send in a picture of yourself wearing your WMA course t-shirt to [email protected] in order to be eligible for the prizes.

Wilderness Medical Associates’ instructor, Jon Tierney, will be presenting a pre-conference workshop, PCIA Outdoor Climbing Instructors Course Provider Training, at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference 2-3 hours away from Durham, NC. About the Workshop The workshop is intended for experienced climbers and educators that wish to become providers of the PCIA Outdoor Climbing Instructor Courses.…