The Austere Medicine program is an introduction to the most vital aspects of medicine in a post-disaster or austere environment and integrates western emergency medicine, sports medicine, wilderness first aid and botanical (herbal) medicine. This is a five-day intensive course held at our San Antonio campus, preceded by a required 12-week online course and 3-day WFA. This course is taught by Dr. Steve Pehrson, M.D., and Sam Coffman.
The online topics include:
- Fluid balance and resuscitation
- Surgical wound management
- Pharmaceuticals for austere and post-disaster environments
- Introduction to botanical medicine
- Botanical medicine making
- Basic botanical materia medica
- Wound healing and infection management (botanical medicine emphasis)
- Essential trauma and medical gear
- Essential botanical medicine
- Introduction to the physical exam
- Introduction to musculoskeletal testing and field procedures (sprains, strains, fractures)
- Wilderness First Aid
- Clinic planning, setup and management in post-disaster and austere environments
The on-campus portion of the Austere Medicine I program runs for 5 information- and action-packed days.
These 5 days start by putting hands-on practice at the forefront wherever possible. Taking the online, didactic information to the next level and introducing physical techniques is the primary goal. Subjects during the on-campus, 5-day intensive include:
The on-site lectures and hands-on practice include:
- Minor Surgery (e.g. suturing techniques, vascular and connective tissue repair, wound debridement)
- Local anesthesia
- Infection management
- Blood replacement techniques
- Gunshot & complex wound management
- Musculoskeletal exams
- Dislocation reduction (shoulder, elbow, finger, hip)
- Herbal preparations (tinctures, poultices, plasters, washes, oils, honey, prickly pear)
- Plant ID, harvesting and use
- Charcoal preparation & use
- Autoclave methods
- Clinic and trauma bay setup and management
- Scenarios & round table discussions through long-term care
Certifications: ECSI Advanced Wilderness First Aid
Dates: Ocober 21 – 25th, 2019.
Pre-requisites: 3-day WFA certification (or its equivalent)
Completion of the online 12-week Austere Medicine: Trauma online course with a passing grade.
Lodging: Camping is free to any enrolled student, at our 50-acre campus. There are also hotels within a 10-minute drive of the campus in the 78260 zip code.
Wilderness First Aid Certification: 10/18/19 – 10/20/19.
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