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Department: MEFAM-Family and Community Medicine
Course: 529B-Basic Wilderness Life Support

Course Director: Dr. John Rogers
Course Faculty: Dr. John Rogers,Dr. Jane Corboy
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 20
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective:
Open to International Students:
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 9 am - 5 pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Basic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) wa created for all outdoor enthusiasts including: scout leaders, hikers, skiers, climbers, kayakers, hunters, fishermen and trail runners. Basic Wilderness Life Support is a one day course that will teach you to prepare for your outing, assess injuries and scene safety, decide whether to evacuate or treat a patient, and determine the best method for evacuation. Fast paced and hand-ons, this course is preparation for the prevention and management of real emergencies that can occur in the wild (or even in your backyard). Student will need to enroll online with the Houston Arboretum at
Learning Activities
The course covers a wide range of outdoors and back-country topics and will teach participants to assess and deal with medical situations with limited resources. Participants will gain experience with evaluation and initial management of medical emergencies in a non-medical environment. The course will be divided between lectures and hand-on practice of the content being taught, including short role-playing medical scenarios. Topics will incllude: 1. Essential for Wilderness Travel:10 essentials, First Aid kits, Water Disinfections 2. Environmental Injuries: Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Dehydration, Sunburn, Submersion Injuries, Snake Bits and Stings. 3. Patient Assessment: Fractures, Disclocations, Sprains, Strains & Splinting, Wound Management, Head Injuries, Spine Management, Patient Transport 4. Wilderness Medicine Scenarios Cost $80 for members of the Houston Arboretum; $100 for non-members (includes $50 cost of BWLC Certification).
Evaluation Methods
Participants will receive a textbook and a field guide with the course. At the end of the day, participant will receive a BWLS certificate.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Saturday, March 29th (9 am - 5 pm)
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: John Rogers
Contact Phone: 713-798-7788
Contact Fax:
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