2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC)

About the Wilderness Risk Management Conference: The 2009 Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC) will be held in Durham, NC between October 14-16, 2009. The objective of this conference is to effectively educate outdoor/medical professionals and enthusiasts in relieving risks that may occur in the wilderness. This workshop is sponsored by NOLS, Outward Bound, and Student… Read more »

A Flurry of Wilderness Medical Training in Western North Carolina

Summer camp and river guiding adventures are about to start!  Wilderness Medical Associates is in the thick of preparing hundreds of folks with 10 wilderness medicine courses running in the mountains of western  North Carolina. Fay Johnson (right) and I (left) are visiting WMA sponsor camps hidden in these beautiful mountains – Falling Creek Camp,… Read more »

Where’s the Man?: St. Lucia

WMA instructor Carl Blondell just sent us the photos below, taken in the St. Lucia, an island nation in the eastern Carribbean Sea.  Check back to see where the man is travelling to next! Don’t forget… At the end of the year, we will select the 3 best submissions. The winners will receive $100 cash… Read more »

Q: When was the last documented death from a coral snake (Micrurus fulvius) envenomation?

This question came up during our Montana WALS course last week in Red Lodge.  Richard Gates from WMI reminded the lead instructor Dr. Will Smith (and us) of a report from 2006 of an unconfirmed case.  When I googled this last evening I found out that it has in fact been confirmed.  There is an… Read more »

Swine Flu

It is almost a given that anyone who comments on medical issues should be saying something about swine flu and its implications. What more can we say? The stats and real (and imagined) seriousness and pervasiveness change daily. In the end this is still influenza, a potentially lethal respiratory virus that most people survive. It… Read more »

The Very Next Day After a WAFA Course…

A student shares an experience that occured the day after they attended one of WMA’s Wilderness Advanced First Aid courses. At work for a half hour. Monday morning. Phone rings, client with severe drug addictions and Borderline Personality Disorder calls. She wants to talk about not taking methadone in four days. She is speaking softly.… Read more »