Geo Medic™, a course SOLO successfully offered in the 90’s, is returning to our list of offerings in 2011. Based on our experiences in Haiti over a period of three months and numerous trips to developing nations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, where we both taught first aid and staffed medical clinics, we feel it is time to once again offer this course.
The challenge of providing care in disaster situations or remote settings in developing nations is difficult to meet with even current Wilderness Medicine training. This course is designed to provide skills to providers at or above the level of EMT which will be most helpful in either of these unique situations.
Included (but not limited to) in the list of topics are self-preservation (safety, sanitation, and sustenance); improvised splinting and long-term fracture care involving casting; long-term wound care (ranging from controlling bleeding to the point of hemostasis, from cleaning wounds to management, emphasizing prevention of infection, to wound closure with sutures if needed in a remote care setting).
There will be in-depth presentations on environmental and disaster issues including crush injuries and compartment syndrome as well as respiratory problems and infectious diseases; in-depth discussions on tropical diseases and their treatments; and lots of hands-on opportunities. While many of these topics sound like a repetition of typical wilderness medical issues, they will be expanded upon, and advanced techniques will be added in and practiced.
Designed to provide unique skills to providers at or above the level of EMT dealing with challenging disaster situations or remote settings in developing countries.
- Specific Environmental and Disaster Issues
- Improvised Splinting
- Long-Term Fracture Care Involving Casting
- Long-Term Wound Care
- Controlling Bleeding to the Point of Hemostasis
- Cleaning Wounds
- Management, Emphasizing Prevention of Infection
- Wound Closure with Sutures if Needed in a Remote Care Setting
- Cultural Concerns
- And More