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Latest 2020 Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS Posts

March 12, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Bad Milkshakes

  We started our last day on Santa Cruz Island with cleaning our rooms and backpacks. It was sad to return our gear we used all week for our course. After that, we took our WFR exam to test our skills we learned all week. After making our lunch, we headed to the Harbor to catch the ferry back to the mainland. It was hard for us to leave the island. We were lucky enough to spot a few dolphins, although it was cold and miserable. We had a mini-graduation ceremony on the ferry. Our...
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March 11, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Final Scenario

  Disclaimer: The photos are part of mock scenarios for students to earn their Wilderness First Responder certification.   Today was the day we all prepared for the final scenario. In the morning, we talked about the last topics we have not covered yet, for example, asthma, emergency childbirth, anaphylaxis, and we reviewed the treatment of spine injuries. After a great sandwich lunch, we practiced all kinds of splints and the building of litters in the form of a race. It was a...
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March 10, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Rainy Day Intense Scenarios

  Once again, (in a scenario) a cacophony of screams split the air, but this time, the only light is that of headlamps flashing in the night. The victims? Four teenage girls in a stolen truck. The mechanism of injury? A crash. Eventually, the hysterical screams quelled, and the victims were treated for their various injuries: femur fractures, rib injuries, and hypothermia, among others. In this scenario, we utilized the various skills we had learned during our day in the classroom due to...
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March 09, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  Disclaimer: The photos below are part of mock scenarios for students to earn their Wilderness First Responder certification. We calmly strolled down the Santa Cruz Island coast line towards Valley Anchorage, when suddenly we came across a scenario of three fallen rock climbers strewn in front of us. Screaming, shouting, and rolling around in the jagged crevice as we approached and took charge of the situation in front of us, practicing the skills we have learned in previous days....
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March 08, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Trip to Coches Prietos

Today, we woke up at 8 a.m. and had oatmeal, cereal, and bagels for breakfast. After packing our lunch and extra supplies for Hypothermic situations, we started our journey to Coches Prietos. Our hike started out with an intense uphill that we all struggled together with, followed with a peaceful downhill ridgewalk that would later become just as painful as the first uphill on our way back. when we arrived at Coches Prietos, we were all astonished by a beautiful view and we all took our shoes...
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March 07, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Bloody Car Trauma

  Today we spent our day learning a lot about all kinds of opened and closed injuries, burns, shocks/traumas, bleeding, dislocations, and evacuations out of cars. After eating delicious pancakes for breakfast, we started off the day by learning a lot about severe bleedings. We learned how to treat wounds, how to stop the bleeding, and how to decrease the blood flow.   Furthermore, our teachers talked about dislocations and the treatment of them. This topic was interesting because of...
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March 06, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | The Six Miles

  We started off the day with egg in a frame for breakfast, shortly followed by class about femur breaks and fractures and how to treat them with a traction splint. A traction splint is a device one makes which pulls on the leg to aid in re-alignment of the fractured bone. We then prepared for our 3-mile hike to Pelican Bay where our skills would be tested. 20 minutes into our hike we encountered a scenario. Three patients either had closed or open leg fractures that needed to be treated...
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March 05, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Our First Scenario

As the cacophony of screams pierced our ears, we began our next step into rescuing. We assessed the problem and begin our procedures. With our primary assessment we ruled out the immediate threats. We checked for any deformities, head trauma, and airway obstructions. Our secondary assessment helped us get a better understanding of the scenario. As we checked the patient’s vitals, we found the details of the problem. Later, we put our new skills to the test when we were walking to the...
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March 04, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Our First Day

Our first day in California was filled with fun adventures and activities. We started by taking a ferry to go to Santa Cruz Island. While on the ferry, we were able to spot three gray whales and a couple of dolphins. Once at the island we went sea kayaking and we saw some starfish and harbor seals. We then hiked for 3 miles to the UC reserve field station. At this field station, we settled into the rooms we will be staying in for the next 10 days, put some burgers on the grill for dinner,...
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February 17, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine | Course Description

Wilderness Emergency Medicine On Santa Cruz Island, CA Essential Question: How does one persevere through the physical and mental challenges of participatingin a Wilderness First Responder program, and why are these skills an important part of being aresponsible outdoors person?Course Description: If you’re serious about the outdoors, this is the class for you. The Wilderness FirstResponder is considered the ‘gold standard’ in wilderness medicine. This course is 80 hours of skillsessions,...
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March 11, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Final Scenario

  Disclaimer: The photos are part of mock scenarios for students to earn their Wilderness First Responder certification.   Today was the day we all prepared for the final scenario. In the morning, we talked about the last topics we have not covered yet, for example, asthma,...
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Our guide Casey teaching class inside for a while as it was a raining day on San March 10, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Rainy Day Intense Scenarios

  Once again, (in a scenario) a cacophony of screams split the air, but this time, the only light is that of headlamps flashing in the night. The victims? Four teenage girls in a stolen truck. The mechanism of injury? A crash. Eventually, the hysterical screams quelled, and the victims were...
» read more
Hiking to Valley Anchorage in Santa Cruz Island, where students encountered a ro March 09, 2020

Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Between a Rock and a Hard Place

  Disclaimer: The photos below are part of mock scenarios for students to earn their Wilderness First Responder certification. We calmly strolled down the Santa Cruz Island coast line towards Valley Anchorage, when suddenly we came across a scenario of three fallen rock climbers strewn...
» read more
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