Wilderness Medicine Class

Wilderness Medicine
Emergency Management in the High-Risk Low-Resource Environment

October 6-8, 2017
Murphy, NC

By definition, “wilderness” is based on the concepts of emergency care when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or circumstance. That situation could easily be the backcountry, another snowpocalypse, civil unrest, or an active shooter incident; all situations in which medical help may not be readily available.

Wilderness Medicine is training in emergency medicine for people who aren’t professionals and forms the basis for our tactical medic program. The training consists of an informal meet and greet on Friday evening followed by two days of lecture, discussion, hands-on and scenario-based practice of skills.

Our goal is to provide you with an assessment process that is simple, easy to understand, and one that does not require you to purchase everything from an ER catalog. Rather, the class provides you with a roadmap to address life-threatening injuries in the proper order and one that ensures the best possible outcome for yourself and your patient.

All courses are taught by professional educators and experienced medical providers who will work to make sure that you leave class with the information and skills needed to react with confidence. Learn to respond to medical emergencies, treat injuries and illnesses, and improvise solutions in a high-risk low-resource environment.

The cost of the course is $200 and advanced, full-payment is required to reserve a seat in class. Due to limited class enrollment, payment is non-refundable. Rescheduling will be allowed for the next available class only if space is available. Cancellation on the day of the class is considered a “no show.”

Payment can be made via PalPay at personaldefensestrategies@hotmail.com or by check to:

Personal Defense Strategies, LLC
226 Gainesville Highway, Suite C
Blairsville, GA 30512

For more information, contact Rick Klopp at personaldefensestrategies@hotmail.com or 706.781.4526

3 thoughts on “Wilderness Medicine Class”

  1. YAY!!! So glad to see something at The Appalachian Messenger again. I have to bookmark this to read tomorrow… too much going on here today, but I’ll be back to comment. 🙂

  2. Ok, this wasn’t an article about wilderness medicine, but a promotion of a class for that. Great information!

    I do have some responses to what the ad says, however:

    1. No single class can teach anyone what they need to do and impart the skills to do it. In a stressful situation, you will only remember and be able to carry out skills you have practiced carefully and regularly. A class like this can give people a good overview of the material, and help them decide if they wish to follow through, but nobody is going to be able to actually provide anything but basic first aid from what is learned in a single class. I teach armed self defense, and know this from personal experience with returning students.

    2. Part of the above is the necessity of having basic supplies, and knowing what to do with them. I spent 30 years as a nurse, 14 of those years as an advance practice nurse. I’ve invested meaningful effort and time learning as much as possible on top of that, but there will always be a gap. I maintain a full pack of medical and emergency supplies. I have a good many things that I am only marginally qualified to use, but carry them in the hopes that there might be someone better qualified available to help. If we don’t have the supplies, then NOBODY can benefit from them, whatever their skill level.

    3. I sincerely hope that triage is a good part of the training available in this class. It isn’t mentioned here. One of the most important parts of “wilderness medicine” is being skilled at rapid determination of who to treat first. A great many injuries or medical problems may present themselves in these situations, but even those that would be immediately treatable in a professional medical setting may be a death sentence in the wild, far from a hospital. The problem comes when inexperienced helpers spend time trying to treat the most seriously injured or ill, and those they might actually have saved die or are further endangered because nothing is done for them soon enough instead. Triage is a seriously difficult topic to teach, but is deadly serious. I hope this course includes that vital information.

    Anyway, I wish I could be there to join the class. 🙂

  3. MamaLiberty –

    Thank-you for your comments regarding our Wilderness Medicine class. I’m sure in your 30 years of experience you have seen a lot. You probably have even worked with nurses and wondered “how did they ever pass their NCLEX?” Regardless, we have all started down our career path by learning the basics – that’s the underlying goal of this class. Your “wilderness” and mine may vary, however, the basics don’t change. The intent of this program is have students (with a minimal, if any medical background) start thinking in a logical progression – one that is often deviated from during a stressful or traumatic situation. If they walk away with a few solid concepts, then I’ve done my job.

    I also agree with you that a class of this magnitude would not be complete without an understanding of basic supplies. We not only discuss these items but we also have students practice scenario drills with various kits. Some gear is excellent…most, not so much. The good part is that the students realize this by practice and generally come to the same conclusions. A secondary goal is to develop knowledgeable consumers. An a-la-carte approach is often better than pre-built kits (based on expected situations and circumstances).

    And lastly; yes, triage is a difficult subject to teach, especially as it relates to family members or those that you may be responsible for. We discuss the triage process and add that to some of the scenarios. This class focuses on being that first responder in a high-risk, low-resource environment and providing the right intervention at the right time.

    Thanks again and enjoy your day.

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