Wilderness Emergency Medicine ECS | Trip to Coches Prietos

March 08, 2020

Group photo on top of the ridge.

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 off to run to the water. After a while, we practiced scenarios of assessing patients. After lunch, we learned about hypothermic and heat emergencies. We learned how to distinguish between a heat exhaustion and a heat stroke and how to treat them. We also learned how to make a hypo wrap, human burrito, for a patient with hypothermia. We had a chance to make a hypo wrap when we found a scenario with two patients in cold water and had to assess and treat them. After dinner we had brownies freshly made by our instructor and ended our day with another round robin of assessing various scenarios with patients. We all enjoyed the multiple scenarios for practicing assessing a patient today, and we all improved a lot.

Coches Prietos beach where students practiced several scenarios with hypothermic

Group photo on top of the ridge.
Coches Prietos beach where students practiced several scenarios with hypothermic