Cross Country Skiers and Compartment Syndrome

In the musculoskeletal system lecture WFR students learn about the signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome. Repetitive stress is a cause for compartment syndrome to the lower legs. These two articles are accounts from Olympic ski racers that are suffering from compartment syndrome. http://www.fasterskier.com/racing6146.html http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=5429&lan=0 Submitted by: Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P, WEMT President, Emergency Preparedness… Read more »

These WFR dreams are getting crazy!

During a Wilderness First Responder course at the University of WI at LaCrosse, Ann Dunphy, one of WMA’s instructor’s, asked students about WFR dreams, as she does with all of her courses. Interestingly enough, one student, D. Crye, was willing to share his story, and thankfully for us, he also shared it with the WMA… Read more »

Hypothermia Wrap Construction and Use

The hypothermia wrap is for more than just severe hypothermia patients. It can be used for any patient that may be experiencing a cold challenge and is not able to adequately generate their own heat. For example, a skier with a lower extremity injury awaiting evacuation has cold challenge on their problem list. Videos Wilderness… Read more »

Hypothermia Wrap Construction and Use

The hypothermia wrap is for more than just severe hypothermia patients. It can be used for any patient that may be experiencing a cold challenge and is not able to adequately generate their own heat. For example, a skier with a lower extremity injury awaiting evacuation has cold challenge on their problem list. Videos Wilderness… Read more »

“These WFR dreams are getting crazy!”

During a Wilderness First Responder course at the University of WI at LaCrosse, Ann Dunphy, one of WMA’s instructor’s, asked students about WFR dreams, as she does with all of her courses. Interestingly enough, one student, D. Crye, was willing to share his story, and thankfully for us, he also shared it with the WMA… Read more »

Emergency Medicine: Are you prepared for an accident?

Tree Services has given Wilderness Medical Associates a shout-out in their February issue, which also features instructor Josh Martin, and one of his WEMT courses at Northern Cairn in Petoskey, MI. Click here to read the article that discusses the need for and an overview of wilderness medical training!

Snakebite Treatment Methods

Snakebite Treatment Methods – How to care for a snakebite wound.   Click on the link above to go to www.wildmed.com and ask Dr. Johnson a question! I’m fact-checking a piece for a national outdoor magazine. I have several questions about snake bite treatment methods: Is there any benefit to the "cut-and-suck" method or should… Read more »

Cross Country Skiers and Compartment Syndrome

In the musculoskeletal system lecture WFR students learn about the signs and symptoms of compartment syndrome. Repetitive stress is a cause for compartment syndrome to the lower legs. These two articles are accounts from Olympic ski racers that are suffering from compartment syndrome. http://www.fasterskier.com/racing6146.html http://www.cccski.com/main.asp?cmd=doc&ID=5429&lan=0 Submitted by: Greg Friese, MS, NREMT-P, WEMT President, Emergency Preparedness… Read more »

CPR: Understanding the Rate of Chest Compressions

The CPR mantra is push hard and push fast. But what is hard and what is fast? The utility of chest compressions in the wilderness context is dependent on the underlying cause for arrest. For example, a patient that has no pulse and breathing after a loss of consciousness underwater had a healthy heart at… Read more »