Wilderness Medicine Course – Murphy, NC – February 16-18

Wilderness Medicine
Emergency Management in the High-Risk Low-Resource Environment
February 16-18, 2018
Murphy, NC

By definition, “Wilderness Medicine” is based on the concepts of emergency medical help when separated from definitive care by distance, time, or other circumstances. That situation could easily be the backcountry, another snowpocalypse, civil unrest, or an active shooter incident; all situations in which medical help may not be readily available.

Wilderness Medicine is training in emergency first aid for people who aren’t professionals and forms the basis of our tactical medic program. The training consists of an informal meet and greet on Friday evening followed by two days of lecture, discussion, hands-on, and scenario-based skills practice.

Our goal is to provide you with an assessment process that is simple, easy to understand, and one that does not require you to purchase everything from an ER catalog. Rather, the class provides you with a roadmap to address life-threatening injuries in the proper order and one that ensures the best possible outcome for both yourself and your patient.

All courses are taught by professional educators and experienced medical providers who will work to make sure that you leave class with the information and skills needed to react with confidence. Learn to respond to medical emergencies, treat injuries and illnesses, and improvise solutions in a high-risk low-resource environment.

The cost of the course is $250 individually or $200 each as a couple. Advanced, full-payment is required to reserve a seat in class. Due to limited class enrollment, payment is non-refundable and rescheduling will be allowed for the next available class only if space is available. Cancellation on the day of the class is considered a “no show.”

Payment can be made via PayPal at personaldefensestrategies@hotmail.com or by check to:

Personal Defense Strategies, LLC
226 Gainesville Highway, Suite C
Blairsville, GA 30512

For more information, contact Rick Klopp at personaldefensestrategies@hotmail.com or 706.781.4526

7 responses to “Wilderness Medicine Course – Murphy, NC – February 16-18

  1. The fact that Stephen Miller retweeted the sh’thole comments makes me not believe the walkback. But if the Democrats exaggerated Trump’s comments, great.

  2. Unless you’re an MD/DO/PA/NP/RN, and/or you’ve built yourself a deep-stocked and functional clinic, in sporty times all medicine will be wilderness medicine.

    If the bona fides of the presenters meet the smell test, the class will be pure gold, and worth much more than any nonsensical “Wrap a Band-Aid on it, and call 9-1-1” pablum from CERT or the Red Cross. This is medical care when there ain’t no 9-1-1.

    Take the class (or the equivalent in your area). Pay attention. Make notes. Correct deficiencies. Learn skills to leverage the stuff you can accumulate, and learn how to fabricate workable substitutions for what you don’t have.

    Dealing with medical emergencies amidst natural and man-made disasters is always a come-as-you-are affair.

    Make sure you have something to bring to the table.

    • Rick is an excellent instructor.
      I dont know his specifics but he is a legit medical professional. Long time ER employment.

      • Thanks for the update for those close enough to take advantage.

        In my working experience, the only drawback to ER alone is the inability of some I’ve met – esp. docs who haven’t done it – to work (literally) outside the box, or outside the big white building. Others absolutely thrive in the same situations. Those who teach it regularly hammer out the kinks pretty quick, because the only thing more challenging than the real deal at finding holes in your plan is a steady stream of curious students.

        Field guys (paramedics, etc.), military medics with deployment experience, and medical pros with licenses who routinely work/play in actual wilderness or third world shitholes is the best of all worlds.
        After a riot, two earthquakes, a few brushfires, etc., a gig in the ER was comparatively simple.

        But the best training I ever got, bar none, was a wilderness medical course a decade earlier (rather longer than this one, but same idea). The final practical exam was a canyon of patients 1:1 per student, buried in a landslide in a canyon, with what you had in your daypack. I worked with some of those classmates and instructors (both for free and paid) for years afterwards, and I’d still trust them to this day to treat me if I were a patient, ahead of some people I’ve worked with who had licenses.

  3. I’m going to try to send a couple of League of the South members.

    I am an RN.

  4. This seems much better than the nols wilderness first aid.

    The nols wfa typ do not teach the use of tourniquets for the wilderness first aid. You may get hippy greeny chick and others that think you are stupid for considering gunshot or other type trauma wounds.

  5. NOLS has a bit of an agenda, much prefer SOLO instruction. I’ve taken WFA from both and the SOLO was better, IMHO.