New wilderness medicine stream at 2014 RECC conference

Dr. Jel Coward (right) demonstrates a gentle shoulder relocation procedure using nylon webbing Dr. Jel Coward (right) demonstrates a gentle shoulder relocation procedure using nylon webbing

Along with emergency medicine, and mentorship, the 2014 Rural Emergency Continuum of Care (RECC) conference – being held May 30 + 31 in Penticton, BC – will feature a day-long wilderness medicine training course developed by BC rural physicians.

Physicians who want to explore self-directed, austere environment emergency medicine, work in Search and Rescue, or be part of an expedition will find the content and experience useful. The course will be held in small group sessions that focus on hands-on skills work and high-fidelity simulations in the field encompassing a wide breadth of wilderness emergencies.


  • Short lectures on: altitude, hypothermia, heat illness, dehydration, hyponatraemia, CPR, avalanche, care of the spine, situational awareness, communication and team work
  • Skills work stations: fish hook and ring removal, helmet removal, care of the spine, patient handling, safe airway positioning, splinting, slings, field taping, pelvic binders, patient packaging and monitoring, evacuation, and more

The supportive faculty has a broad base of wilderness medical experience including Search and Rescue, ski patrol, high altitude mountaineering, and whitewater kayaking.

There will be two day-long Wilderness sessions – one on Friday, May 30, and one on Saturday, May 31. Each day is limited to 24 participants – book now to avoid disappointment.

To register for Wilderness Medicine at 2014 RECC or to learn more, download the brochure now, visit, email , or call (604) 875-5101.

This course is accredited for up to 8.75 Mainpro-M1 / MOC Section 1 Credits

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