March 19, 2019: Leading Ladies
Each year, Career Services
co-sponsors the annual “Leading Ladies” career panel with your student
organizations. Below is information on this year’s panel. Please
send this out to all of your members and strongly encourage participation
in that the group with the most participants present will receive $50 toward
Please let me know if
you have any questions. See you all soon.
Amy Ware, Director
Vol II, #3
CU In The Wild
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Wilderness Medicine Newsletter
University of Colorado School of Medicine Wilderness
Medicine Section News
Fish, and Now Birds! – Last summer and again in April the Section is
offering WECC, Wilderness Emergency Canine Care, for dog owners who
take their bowsers to the woods and mountains (see below for more
information). In November we again ran FFAST, Fisheries
First Aid & Safety Training, a class for the commercial fishing
industry – the most dangerous occupation in the country. And
now this month we’ll offer a brand new class, Wilderness First Aid
for Birders, designed to teach bird watchers how to prevent and treat
injuries and illnesses in the exotic locales they travel to do
their birding. From humans to the animal world, we are helping
to make the wilderness and austere environments a safer place to
work, play in, or explore.
Colorado Pre-Med Emergency & Wilderness Medicine classes –
Earn Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications while getting
a backstage pass to a career in medicine. First week of the
class held on Anschutz Medical Campus with lectures, labs (ultrasound,
suturing, cardiac dissection, etc.), and scenarios, with a focus on
emergency medicine. The second week is up at a camp in the Rockies
where we’ll focus more on wilderness medicine and we’ll hike,
backpack, and rock climb. Need-based
scholarships covering all of our fees are available! Three
- May 21-June 1
- June 1-13
- August 5-16
For more information and a link
to the registration page, please check out
Aid for Fido – Do you know what to do if your dog gets hurt in the
wilderness? Learn how to take care of canine injuries and
illnesses in the backcountry and front country with our Wilderness
Emergency Canine Care class. Gain the knowledge and skills to
prevent and/or to treat a dog suffering from heat stroke, cut foot,
porcupine quills, hypothermia, and much, much more. To learn more or
to enroll please go to https://www.coloradowm.org/courses/public/wilderness-emergency-canine-care/.
sessions coming up in April:
- April 6, Denver
- April 13, Ft. Collins
It is day two of a four-day
trek to Ciudad Perdida, or the Lost City, in
the foothills of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains. There are
17 of you, 15 gringos (almost all from Europe) and two local
guides. Everyone is trekking with just daypacks as the food and
lodging are provided at the various camps where the treks overnight.
With one exception, all are in their 20s or 30s.
The one exception, a sixty something, slightly overweight father, who
came with his two twenty-something kids, is a persistent old cuss,
but he’s been lagging behind the whole time. At a break the guides
realize no one has seen him for an hour or so. The one guide who
speaks some English, asks you to head back with him to check on “Abuelo,” as they affectionately have started
calling the older guy. You walk back down the trail for 15 minutes,
maybe a kilometer, and find Abuelo sitting
on the side of the trail. He slowly stands up when he sees you and
insists on continuing, mumbling “You only live once.”
Scene Assessment: Other than an occasional Wiwa Indian leading a string of pack mules on the
narrow trail, the scene appears safe, but it is definitely hot.
No clear MOI and there is just one patient.
Primary Assessment: No clearly significant threats to
ABCs. He is soaking wet from what you assume is sweating.
SAMPLE: He complains of being hot, and having an upset
stomach/GI system, with a mild case of the runs. He has no allergies
and tells you he is on some kind of cholesterol meds and an over the
counter daily acid reducer, which he has been taking more or less
regularly. He tells you he feels weak; that normally he keeps right
up with folks and he has no major chronic issues. You ask him if he
has been eating and drinking and he tells you he is almost out of
water. He ate part of his breakfast and little bit of lunch, but he
just doesn’t have much of an appetite. He doesn’t remember when he
last peed and his last bowel movement was after breakfast and it was
runny (but no blood). He said he stopped because he just needed to
sit down. He has one liter-sized water bottle that is one-quarter
full (he drank the rest, but that is all the water he has consumed
since breakfast. He doesn’t remember how long he’s been sitting
Secondary Physical: Other than being wet, secondary
Vitals: HR 88, RR 24. Skin flushed. AOx4
but he seems a bit slow in responding.
Setting: About 2500 feet in elevation. It is 85-90
degrees with humidity in the 90% plus range. It’s 2:30 in the
afternoon in late March. There is faint thunder in the distance, but
almost no wind and intermittent sun and shade from scattered clouds.
The muddy trail you are on has been going up
and down, with virtually no level sections, but mostly up. It is
accessible by foot or horse, but that is it. You are a WFR, but you
doubt the guides have much if any, first aid training. You have very
little first aid gear (bandaids and some
ibuprofen), a granola bar left over from lunch and less than half a
liter of water, about the same as the guide. Your guide tells you it
is another 1.5 hours up a steep climb to the next (and final) camp
where the rest of the group is heading and where there is food,
drinking water, and shelter. You think you remember a small mountain
stream about 20 minutes back towards the trailhead, which the guide
confirms and he tells you there is another stream about a half hour
before the final camp.
It’s 15 km back down to the original trailhead on a muddy and up and
down, but decent, trail, and another one and a quarter hours on a
rough and steep dirt road to pavement and then 45 minutes to a small
What do you do? What is your
assessment, anticipated problems, and plan?
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