Wilderness Medicine Conference Offers Doctors Emergency Preparedness Tips

While most of us don’t plan on being out in the wilderness often, we might take an occasional vacation or business trip that takes us through an area out of our normal environment. Whether you’re a camper or not, being prepared for anything can mean the difference between life and death.

At the recent fifth annual Wilderness Medicine and Survival Skills Conference, held at ER doctor Eric Bowman’s 10-acre property in Heidelberg Twp., York County, 130 participants learned just how important training and preparedness are when disaster strikes, especially in the wilderness.

“Wilderness medicine is providing medical care in situations where you don’t have an ER in your backpack,” Bowman said, according to a report on www.pennlive.com. “It’s being medically prepared in remote or austere conditions.”

Bowman points out that anyone can encounter a crisis situation. For instance, while on a 17-day Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trip, a group member was stung by a scorpion. Bowman used his knowledge to help: the scorpion sting was not something that required immediate medical attention.

“Knowing these things puts you in a better position to help others,” he said.

For more information about being prepared for crisis situations, visit: http://www.pennlive.com/bodyandmind/index.ssf/2011/10/wilderness_medicine_survival_s.html