Welcome to the first in Colorado Mountain Man Survival’s Medic Minute Series! My name is Jeffrey and I’ll be the host for these. Today I’m going to introduce myself and discuss my background. Then we’ll get into the upcoming medical classes that we’ll be hosting and explain why these classes go hand in hand with our basic outdoor skills / modern survival.
As I said my name is Jeffrey and I’ve been a paramedic here in Colorado for almost three years with five years of expanded protocol Wilderness EMT-b experience before that. I’ve worked everything from smaller clinics to very busy 911 systems to remote settings and search and rescue. My real passion is wilderness medicine and studying how wilderness skills and medicine go together in the field. Acute medical problems along with the exacerbation of chronic conditions, trauma and heat management crisis are some of the medical issues that can occur in the backcountry that can quickly deteriorate into life threatening emergencies. We will discuss how to prevent these situations and how to deal with them when they arise.
We currently offer two wilderness medicine classes, the Wilderness Life Support class and the Basic Wilderness Life Support. All of our classes are “stand alone” meaning that there is no prerequisite for any of these classes. Our classes are structured and written by board certified physicians and professional educators and our teachings are based on the best recommendations from the University of Utah School of Medicine wilderness program. We discuss how to prevent, assess, treat and evacuation patients from low-resource areas.