Sadly these amazing bandages are currently out of stock over to Urban Outfitters but if they were, I would make them an essential part of my wilderness first aid kit replacing the Dora the Explorer band-aids I currently use.
My extensive research tells me that while adults love Dora the Explorer, given the choice, 2 of 3 injured people would choose “Ninja Fight” over a jumping blue monkey and a weird looking girl with huge eyes.
A box of band-aids are $7 so make sure you save them only for your most injured clients/kids.
Here is a pretty cool story. Paddle Canada kayak instructors, Dympna, James and Markian from the Ontario paddling school, Learn to Kayak came across a truck roll-over while driving across Canada on their way to some sea kayak guide training in British Columbia.
Luckily they just took their Wilderness First Aid recert a couple weekends before.
From the Paddle Canada Blog:
Having just recertified their Wilderness First Responder with WMA, they jumped into action providing hands on stable c-spine control. They also protected driver from -4c elements, with a therma-rest and sleeping bags, while they waited for ambulance to arrive.
Photo Credit: Learn to Kayak
A new study published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology are recommending a new method of treating uncontrollable nosebleeds and it involves packing the nasal cavity with the yummy, cured salted pork.
Here is the description from the report:
"Cured salted pork crafted as a nasal tampon and packed within the nasal vaults successfully stopped nasal hemorrhage promptly, effectively, and without sequelae... To our knowledge, this represents the first description of nasal packing with strips of cured pork for treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage in a patient with Glanzmann thrombasthenia."
Apparently this pork packing technique isn’t new and has been around since before the 1940’s when Washington University School of Medicine, in St Louis regularly used it as described below:
“It has not been uncommon in the St Louis Children's Hospital service to have a child request that salt pork be inserted in his nose with the first sign of a nosebleed ... Wedges of salt pork have saved a great deal of time and energy when used in controlling nasal haemorrhage, as seen in cases of leukemia, haemophilia ... hypertension ... measles or typhoid fever and during the third stage of labour".
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Jim Moss from the highly educational Recreational Law Blog posted an internal memo that was sent out to all OEC Instructors. Hopefully it's not real!
To: All OEC Instructors
From: Nat OEC Program Director
Subject: Training Practices
It has been brought to my attention that during some of the refreshers being held this year, individuals are being injured as a result of two much enthusiasm being projected during practical exercises. This is not acceptable. We need to insure that during the practical exercises, the students demonstrate that they know how to perform the skills but not to the extent that their volunteer patients sustain real life injuries.
A few examples would be:
Don't perform real CPR on a pretend patient
Don't tighten a tourniquet on a pretend patient
Don't apply tension when demonstrating the Posterior SV dislocation reduction on a pretend patient...
You can read the rest of the memo over at the Recreational Law Blog.
Flickr Photo Credit: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License by las - initially
Starting now, instructor members will now get a 10% discount on all wilderness medicine course fees as well as 20% discount on all first aid supplies purchased through the Canadian Red Cross online store.
I think this is a fantastic addition to the program which has grown exponentially over the past year and a bit. Paddle Canada instructor members also get discounts from Northwater, Outdoor Research, Level Six as well as a discounted camping rate at the American Canoe Association's Sugar Island, on the St. Lawrence River in Ontario.
You can find all the details around instructor members benefits on the Paddle Canada website.
Congrats to Graham and his little team of volunteers for putting this together.
I did a little summery over the two weekends and I discovered that I got really busted up. Throughout the course I broke my collar bone, one knee, right forearm and sent into shock several times. Oh yeah, I also got a spinal but don't worry a miracle took place and I got healed as soon as the scenario was finished.