AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

July 24 - 27, 2021

Big Sky Resort, MT

Advanced level intensive and hands-on training taught by leaders in Wilderness Medicine including, Howard Donner, MD, Sheryl Olson, RN/BSN, Eric Weiss, MD, and Larry Moore, MD.

Students will learn practical techniques and practice them in mock scenarios. Successful completion of course leads to AWEP Certification®.

AWEP Schedule At A Glance

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Saturday, July 247:30 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, July 252:00 pm to 5:45 pm
Monday, July 262:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, July 272:00 pm to 5:30 pm
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AWEP Detailed Schedule

Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $545

Includes: 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 Credits® all supplies, syllabus, breakfast, patch, and certificate

The AWEP Certification® Course is scheduled so that students will be able to attend all plenary sessions at the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine. Note: To register for AWEP, you must be registered for the main conference.

The AWEP Certification® Course is valid for 4 years and is the highest wilderness medicine certification we offer. AWEP is scheduled so that students will be able to attend all plenary sessions at the National Conference on Wilderness Medicine. Note: To register for AWEP, you must be registered for the main conference.

Saturday, July 24

7:30 am - 7:45 am
Introduction and Overview

7:45 am - 9:45 am
Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization, Scene Management

  • Scene management
  • Field triage, examination, and assessment
  • Treatment Priorities
  • Stabilization of injured or ill patients
  • Introduction to patient packaging
  • Long term evacuation considerations

9:45 am - 10:00 am
Break

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Packaging, Lifting, Moving Patients in the Wilderness or Austere Environment

  • Patient movement and transfers
  • Clearing cervical spine injuries in the field
  • Improvising effective cervical collars
  • Pelvic fracture; assessment and management
  • Hip dislocation; assessment and relocation technique

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Trauma Care

  • Carries and Improvised evacuation techniques, cocoon wrap with liter construction
  • Improvised litter construction, packaging and carries
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Femur fracture and improvised femoral traction
  • Management of common backcountry orthopedic injuries; reduction and splinting

1:15 am - 1:30 pm
Break

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Rescue in the Backcountry: Improvised Trauma Care Continued

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Sunday, July 25

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Backcountry Soft Tissue and Wound Management

  • Considerations for cleaning wounds in the backcountry
  • Wound closure techniques for those that suture and for those that don't
  • Equipment and supplies for a wound care kit

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Intro to Commercial Rescue Systems

  • Active bleeding and vacuum evacuation techniques
  • Demonstration of a vacuum litter for evacuation
  • Active bleeding station

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Airway Management and Fluid Resuscitation

  • Airway emergencies in austere environment
  • Vascular access including intraosseous (IO) techniques and fluid replacement systems
  • Dehydration and hyponatremia

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
Care of Traumatic Injuries in the Wilderness

  • Assessment of a victim with head trauma
  • Concussion management in the wilderness
  • Management of chest injuries including pneumothorax
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations
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Monday, July 26

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wilderness Rescue Part: Ropes and Knots

  • Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care
  • Making an improvised harness

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Improvised Trauma and Ortho Care

  • Use and application of tourniquets
  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Break

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Practice Stations

Patient Assessment Wilderness Medicine CME Course

Tuesday, July 27

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Scenario Training With Dry Run

  • Scenario dress rehearsal
  • Real-time critique

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Aeromedical (0.5 hr)

  • Landing Zones
  • Safety when working around a helicopter in wilderness environments

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Break

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Patient Scenario and Debriefing

  • Participants will be responsible for assessing, stabilizing, and managing multiple victims with simulated injuries or illnesses using commonly available backcountry equipment

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Scenario Debriefing

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Online Exam Instructions, Summation

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