Distributing Over-The-Counter Medications To Clients

Q: The new medical advisor of our guiding company has advised us not to distribute over-the-counter medication to our clients. What is your opinion? Technically, one could argue that giving medication under these circumstances (paid guide giving to a client, non-family member) could be considered practicing medicine without a license.  Many school nurses are prohibited from dispensing… Read more »

Lightning Strike Prevention: 7 Things to Remember

Even though summer is coming to an end, lightning remains an ongoing risk. Grand Canyon National Park published reports that between 1997 and 2000, there were 104,294 strikes in the canyons. Before embarking on your adventure, it is important to prepare yourself to avoid such risk. Below are some key things to note to prevent the risk of lightning strike.

Finding a Medical Advisor for your Outdoor Program

A medical advisor can and should be an integral part of your risk management team, not just the person who writes prescriptions for epinephrine. Functions could include review and advice on policies that have to do with safety, medical management and treatment protocols. If you do any screening, an adviser can also give some guidance… Read more »

Wilderness First Responder to the Rescue

Jack, a Wilderness First Responder from Ohio, sent us this amazing story. “Hi there. Just wanted thank Wilderness Medical Associates (especially Phil, Robin, and Stephen) for their great instruction in last January’s Wilderness First Responder course at the University of Alabama. This summer, I utilized my skills in the backcountry to treat many routine issues,… Read more »

Heat Stroke Treatment: What is the best way to cool off a heat stroke victim?

What is the best way to cool off a heat stroke victim? The simple answer? Using the resources at hand, aggressively lower the person’s body temperature to 39°C (102.2°F) as quickly as possible.  Anything longer than 30 minutes has the potential to have more profound and long lasting pathophysiologic effects. The debate about treatment revolves… Read more »

WRMC 2009: Visit the WMA Booth!

Wilderness Medical Associates to be a Exhibitor at the 2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference In addition to four Wilderness Medical Associates’ instructors presenting at the conference, the company will staff a booth in the vendor hall. Please stop by to say hello and find out what’s new at WMA.  Anne Rugg, the WMA General Manager, … Read more »

WRMC 2009: Navigating Risk in International Locales

2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference Bill Frederick, WMA lead instructor and Safety Director for School for Field Studies, will be conducting a presentation on navigating risk in international locales.  Bill will review the hazard landscape, research that is available, and best practices. Specific topics will include: – Info acquisition – Transportation – Medical Care –… Read more »

WRMC 2009: Using Case Studies as a Risk Management Teaching Methodology

Using Case Studies as a Risk Management Teaching Methodology Wilderness Medical Associates lead instructor Deb Ajango will be presenting a free workshop to Wilderness Risk Management Conference attendees. The workshop will inform audience members on how case studies can be utilized to improve risk management and safety.  Those attending will review a case study and… Read more »

WRMC 2009: PCIA Outdoor Climbing Instructor Course Provider Training

Wilderness Medical Associates’ instructor, Jon Tierney, will be presenting a pre-conference workshop, PCIA Outdoor Climbing Instructors Course Provider Training, at the Wilderness Risk Management Conference 2-3 hours away from Durham, NC. About the Workshop The workshop is intended for experienced climbers and educators that wish to become providers of the PCIA Outdoor Climbing Instructor Courses.… Read more »