Paging Dr. Krimstock

wilderness first responderIn the process of transforming lives in the Expedition component of Jaywalker, both clients and staff occasionally get bent, twisted and broken. We do everything possible to mitigate risk and protect every participant from injury but sometimes excrement happens. When it does, it’s important to have staff and volunteers with medical training to care for an injured client.

Medical training and the ability to apply those skills to a patient in the field are paramount. As a caregiver you may have a soothing voice, be able to do a healing voodoo dance or burn some nasty incense, but if you don’t know how to stop bleeding or treat for shock the patient is not going to be impressed or even alive to watch your gyrations.

Prior to being visited by Santa Claus this past December, Yukon Cornelius, aka Dave Krimstock participated in a Wilderness First Responder course in Boulder. A WFR course is an 80 hour intensive classroom and field experience. Even though it was taught in Boulder they skipped the voodoo and incense and stuck to identifying medical and trauma events and how to treat these in the field. I mean if you are suffering from testicular torsion or bilateral femur fractures you want someone around who knows how to help you in your time of need.

Any injury/illness in a backcountry setting is a big deal. Response times are delayed, conditions far from sterile and weather conditions rarely ideal. It seems this stuff happens when you are out of cell service, in a muddy ravine or stuck up high in a raging blizzard. As a caregiver you need to block out all those distractions and focus on the patient and trust your training (Ironman finisher’s reference).

When you see Dave congratulate him on completing this course and ask him to show you his trauma shears, well unless you suffering from Testicular torsion. Surely trauma shears are part of the treatment for that; are they Dr. Krimstock?

Lynn Sanson

Expedition Director

Jaywalker Lodge

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