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Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Final Scenario

March 11, 2020
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 lot of fun to build all of that under time pressure, because after we finish the splints we had to run a lap carrying the patient. Since both teams finished building their splints at the same time the race became very intense and competitive.
Soon after we finished the race, we started the two assign groups for the final scenario. It was very chaotic at first. We assigned four people for the “hasty group,” whose job is to go out first and look for the patients. Furthermore, we divided our class into groups of four, each with a group leader. Additionally, an incident commander was assigned, this person is in control of the whole situation. Waiting nervously for the beginning of the scenario, we spent our time packing our bags, eating pizza, and playing cards.
Around 8:00 p.m. we finally got the call over the radio. In our final scenario, there were five patients injured near a river bed, who had an accident while felling trees with a chainsaw. The patients suffered from amputated body parts, open and angulated fractures, hypothermia, allergic reactions, spinal injuries, and more. After almost two hours, we finish the treatment on all but one patient. We finished the final scenario, building a litter and carrying out the last patient. After two hours and 10 minutes, we successfully completed our scenario. And after a short debrief, finally we were all released to go to bed, mentally preparing for a written exam tomorrow morning.

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