Wilderness First Aid
Nathan Mann (ndmann@TACL.DNET.GE.COM)
Mon, 19 May 1997 09:12:21 -0400
>I've seen it written, probably in this forum, that there is no place
>between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean that EMS folk can't
>get to within a hour's notice of their need to be there. (Weather
>permitting, I suppose.) True?
This past week, a man hiking on the Knobstone trail in Southern Indiana
suffered a heart attack and died. Easily an hour hike to closest farmhouse.
Even if a cell phone could have called it in at time of occurance, an EMS
run to the farmhouse or trailhead could be 15-30 minutes, then the hike to
the hiker's location. We're talking 1 1/4 or more likely 2 1/2+ hours with
scant few helo opportunities due to terrain and forest.
I'm a firm believer of getting all the training reasonable, for the leaders
AND THE SCOUTS. It's very possible they'll be dealing with an energency where
the person in trouble is one of their leaders. (even with 2+ deep leadership)
... Over half my high adventure crew going to Canada this summer is taking a
refresher 8 hour 1st aid course. I hope they learn it well.
T40 Venture Scouting
I worry about lightning, heart attacks, animal attacks, equipment failure.
stupidity and poor planning... and the things I forget to worry about as well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City