AWEP Certification®

Advanced Wilderness & Expedition Provider

February 23 - 27, 2019

Big Sky Ski Resort, Montana

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

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, February 237:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 2412:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, February 2512:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 2612:15 pm to 3:30 pm
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AWEP Detailed Schedule

Wilderness Medicine Advanced Wilderness Expedition Provider Certification

Course tuition: $495

Includes: 15.5 additional AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM 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.

Saturday, February 23

Continental Breakfast

Introductions, Overview of Course

Initial Patient Assessment & Stabilization

  • Scene safety
  • Initial (primary) patient assessment with wilderness approach to the "A, B,Cs"
  • Triage and prioritizing care
  • Techniques for rolling and moving a victim
  • Single rescuer considerations
  • Scene management and roles of team members
  • Communication

Lifting & Moving Patients in the Wilderness or Austere Environment

  • Clearing and protecting the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine in the wilderness
  • Improvising a cervical collar
  • Assessment of pelvis and hip, diagnosis, and management
  • Practice scenario applying morning lessons

Improvised Evacuation and Patient Packaging

  • Carries and evacuation techniques
  • Cocoon wrap with litter construction
  • Considerations for packaging and carrying a patient
  • Improvised femoral traction splints
  • Shoulder reduction and stabilization
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Sunday, February 24

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
  • Blister management
  • Equipment and supplies for a wound care kit

Wilderness Rescue with Introduction to Commercial Rescue Technology

  • Introduction to ropes and knots for rescue and medical care
  • Making an improvised harness
  • Demonstration of a vacuum litter for evacuation

Communication and Aeromedical

  • Landing zones
  • Safety when working around a helicopter
  • Preparing a patient for helicopter evacuation

Improvised Trauma & Ortho Care

  • Use and application of tourniquets
  • Improvised splinting using malleable aluminum splints
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Monday, February 25

Airway Management & Fluid Resuscitation Skills

  • Airway management consideration
  • Nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal airways
  • Vascular access
  • Intraosseous (IO) needles

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, flail chest, open chest wound
  • Abdominal assessment and evacuation considerations

Management of Common Severe Medical Emergencies in a Wilderness Setting

  • Anaphylactic shock and allergic emergencies
  • Altitude Illness cases (HACE, HAPE, AMS)
  • Chest pain (acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, angina)
  • Neurologic emergencies (stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage vs. Bell's Palsy)
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Tuesday, February 26

Practice Scenario and Debrief

  • Outdoors - dress appropriately
  • Simulated injuries and/or illnesses in a wilderness environment
  • Teams will implement skills learned during prior days teaching modules
  • Apply learned principles of scene safety, triage, prioritization of care
  • Implementation of patient care with instructor involvement if necessary
  • Efficient team communication and scene management
  • Instructor guided problem-solving ideas
  • Victims and rescuers will have time to share what worked, what didn't, and what they want to do differently to ultimately improve the scenario

Test Scenario and Debrief

  • Time to do it again!
  • Scene safety
  • Scene management, triage, and communication
  • Collaboration of teams
  • Assessing and prioritizing care
  • Effective and appropriate medical management
  • Implementation of improvisational treatments
  • Review of scenario with input from victims, rescuers, and faculty

Summation and Exam Instructions

  • Instructions for test
  • Distribution of AWEP patches and farewell
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For more information or to register please call

844-WILDCME (844-945-3263)

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