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, and some minor emergencies. The training was very useful, but I didn’t really appreciate how valuable the course really was until Friday of last week, when I drove up to the scene of a grisly motorcycle wreck, only seconds after the crash. I first secured the scene, and made sure that 911 was dispatched for the motorcyclist who had presumably lost control of his bike, and crashed into a tree on a winding back road.

After identifying myself as a wilderness first responder, I began stabilizing the semi-conscious man’s cervical spine with in-line stabilization while I completed the initial assessment, which yielded findings of a rigid abdomen, presumably shattered pelvis, and fractures to both legs. In addition to complaining of intense pain, the patient also was devoid of sensation his legs, making tedious stabilization of the spine even more vital. I continued to hold stabilization and kept other bystander “rescuers” from moving the patient during the ten minute response times for local fire/rescue.

Once EMS arrived on scene, I presented my initial assessment to paramedics, and then assisted in log rolling the patient onto a backboard. Air Care Cincinnati was called to the scene and the man was flown by medical helicopter to the local trauma center for emergency surgery.

Last I have heard, he survived the surgery to repair damages to his internal organs and pelvis, and is beginning to regain feeling in his legs. Thanks to the realistic simulations, and thoughtful instruction I knew exactly what to do, and was able to make a positive impact. As a high school student, I surprised all of the adult bystanders on scene by taking control of the situation, and acting immediately to assist the injured man. Thank you!”

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