Instructor’s Reflections from a Recent WFR Course

From WMA Instructor Greg Hren: I love being part of the WMA family. Having taken my first WFR class over a decade ago, its amazing to appreciate how much one eight-day period can change a life. First and foremost, what I love about teaching is the people we get to meet and the places we… 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 »

MedWAR – Upcoming Races

Click here for the dates of the upcoming MedWAR races! MedWAR (Medical Wilderness Adventure Race) tests your wilderness survival skills through unique events combined with adventure racing. WMA Canada instructors Dugg Steary and Mike Webster have been responsible for writing, developing, and coordinating all medical scenarios for MedWAR North for the past 5 years. Recently,… Read more »

Q: Can someone be allergic to an antihistamine?

Q: Someone I know was having difficulty sleeping on a trip. A friend suggested trying the diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl) from our first aid kit. Shortly after, this person developed hives, chest tightness and shortness of breath. We administered epinephrine from the kit for a presumed anaphylactic reaction and evacuated him. In the end, after a… Read more »

Lightning Strikes: Myths and Facts

Ben Usatch, MD, FAAEM, NREMT-P recently wrote this article for JEMS.com. Check this out to learn more about lightning strikes. Does lightning really never strike twice in the same spot? Is it safe to touch the victim of a lightning strike? Get the answers to these questions and more by clicking here. _