Medical Problems in the Wilderness
This online module is designed for outdoor professionals, enthusiasts, or for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. This course is NOT eligible for CME or FAWM.
While much of wilderness medicine focuses on injuries as opposed to illness, awareness of several prevalent medical problems is essential for a wilderness first responder. While medical conditions are too numerous to teach them all, and many of the diagnostics and treatments are unavailable, a framework for assessment, treatment, and evacuation is essential in providing quality patient care. In this module, you will be able recognize life-threatening medical problems, treat medical conditions in a backcountry setting, and learn the guidelines of medical evacuations.
The purpose of this module is to help you develop a process that will allow you to overcome obstacles and provide the patient(s) with the appropriate care.
Upon completion, students should be familiar with:
- Cardiac illnesses such as angina and myocardial infarction
- Signs, symptoms, treatment, and evacuation of anaphylaxis
- Neurological conditions such as seizure and stroke
- Hypo and hyperglycemia