2021 Carolina Wilderness EMS Summit

WHAT: The 10th Anniversary of the Carolina Wilderness EMS Summit

WHEN: September 18-19, 2021 

WHERE:  In the Pisgah National Forest and the Linville Gorge Wilderness via Morganton/Burke County, NC.

WHY: Several Reasons, but to list a few (great opportunity for "fun" outdoor CMEs which also counts as FAWM credit, "Fun").

HOW: The WEMS Summit is a Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) supported EMS continuing medical education (CME) conference.

 

SUMMARY

The Summit is a Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC)-supported EMS Continuing Medical Education (CME) conference attracting EMS personnel from throughout the southeast.  During the 2-day experience EMS students learn critical wilderness EMS (WEMS) and extended medical care skills. The Carolina WEMS Externs serve as faculty, sharing skills they have learned during their Extern month. The primary target audience for the Summit are ALS providers who need WEMS skills for their field medical care, with particular emphasis on EMTs, paramedics, and wilderness EMS physicians. Many other provider types have found this training rewarding as well, and BLS providers are welcome to enroll as well.  

While the Summit does contain elements of technical rescue, the key emphasis of this training is the delivery of medical care in the technical rescue environment.  This emphasis on training the WEMS elements of a technical rescue team provides a unique training experience for students interested in serving as EMS personnel on a more generalized rescue team. Students will earn up to 16 hours of EMS continuing education credit.

CURRICULUM

Sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday will all be in the field in Pisgah National Forest abutting the Linville Gorge Wilderness.* This is the deepest gorge, and one of the oldest designated wilderness areas, in the eastern United States. Teaching will be in small groups and will provide practical training in WEMS procedures and principles. The 2021 theme has not yet been announced. Students will receive intensive training in converting traditional EMS skills (intubation, airway management, establishing IVs, administering pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain treatments, etc) into a vertical, aquatic, or mountainous patient environment. There will be extensive additional technical training in other wilderness medical skills. Although by necessity this training will include elements of technical rescue, the emphasis throughout will be on the field delivery of medical care, and the skills needed to be the healthcare provider on a technical rescue team. In keeping with the esse quam videri philosophy of all CWEMSE and Hawk Ventures programming, every effort is made for training to be hands-on and actual. There is no indoor classroom time in this course.

COURSE PREREQUISITES

1) Current healthcare professional

COST

Total course fee is $150 per student. This includes a $70 college tuition fee and an $80 course fee. NC students meeting emergency services fee-exempt status do not pay the $70 community college tuition fee, but still must pay the $80 course fee. Fees include all meals and registration costs for camping with the class at Steele Creek Campground outside Morganton. Information on alternate housing options, as well as recommended equipment to bring, will be distributed upon confirmation of registration.

TO REGISTER

Registration and payment is available via secure payment link here, or enter this URL manually into your browser:
www.wpcc.edu/fire-rescue-emergency-management/wilderness-ems-summit-onli...

For more information via email:
Dr. Seth Hawkinsseth.hawkins@hawkventures.com
David Youngdavid.young@hawkventures.com 
 

 

Opportunity Date: 
Saturday, September 18, 2021 - 08:00 to Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 17:00
County: 
Statewide (No County)
Federal (No County)
Alexander
Alleghany
Ashe
Avery
Buncombe
Burke
Caldwell
Catawba
Cherokee
Clay
Cleveland
Davie
Franklin
Gaston
Graham
Haywood
Henderson
Iredell
Jackson
McDowell
Macon
Madison
Mitchell
Polk
Rutherford
Swain
Transylvania
Watauga
Wilkes
Yadkin
Yancey
Education Category: 
Conference / Event
BLS
ALS
Trauma
EMT/Paramedic Refresher
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