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2017 Banff Wilderness Care Conference

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Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre

222 Lynx Street

Banff, AB T1L 1K5

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The Banff Wilderness Care Conference is an annual two-day conference focuses on issues faced by medical care providers operating in the wilderness or other austere environments. A well-balanced event combining lecture style didactic sessions and outdoor workshops, provide participants an enjoyable yet informative event.

After our morning lecture series, each day participants can choose multiple one hour workshop, or participate in a single immersive event that includes exploring parts of our historic Banff National Park. Our content experts are well qualified and passionate about what they do, and they bring that passion to this event. The Rocky Mountains our location provides an amazing venue, which in May includes winter and summer conditions and allows for workshops ranging from avalanche rescue and snow shelters to water survival and mountain biking trips. We are proudly one of Canada’s only opportunities for a wilderness conference experience.

Conference Dates:

May 26th: Pre-Conference: Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp (9:30am - 4:00pm)

May 26th: Pre-Conference Social: Banff Ave. Brewing Company (4:30pm - onwards)

May 27th: Main Conference (8:00am - 4:00pm)

May 28th: Main Conference (8:00am - 4:00pm)


Pre-Conference: Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp

A few years ago, the original award-winning Cold Water Boot Camp, DVD, and website were developed by Dr. Geisbrecht (the famous Dr. Popsicle) and the University of Winnipeg to show the real-life effects of the Cold Shock Response, Cold incapacitation, and hypothermia. Now it is time for Beyond Cold Water Boot Camp: advanced training for first responders and boating safety educators to help prevent needless fatalities associated with cold water rescues and circum-rescue collapse.

Dr. Josh Bezanson has offered to run this amazing program as a preconference event this year. The cost for this program is significantly discounted from normal courses, if you can find them. This will be an amazing opportunity for all participants!

This pre-conference event is an additional $125 but includes course materials, certificate, and facility access. Participants will also receive 6 Hours of ACP continuing education credits.

Pre-Conference Social: Banff Ave. Brewing Company

Join us for a pint of beer, register for the conference, meet new people and catch up with old friends, while we celebrate the start of a new conference. Plan to join fellow conference goers at the brewery on Friday May 26th. Brewery tours will be available through out the evening.

Main Conference Schedules

Workshop Descriptions

Medical Kits

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Mac Wardell

Description: Working in remote settings often means space is at a premium. Packing sensibly and efficiently is extremely important. It is impractical to plan on bringing everything plus the kitchen sink. This workshop will discuss some concepts to help everyone pack appropriately for their excursions.

What to bring? Outdoor workshop, be prepared. Participants may bring items they think may be of interest.



Hypothermia Wraps

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Craig McArthur

Description: one of the most important but overlooked components of providing care outside of a building. This hands on workshops will review the basics of hypothermia management for all patients.

What to bring? Outdoor workshop, be prepared. Participants may bring items they think may be of interest.


Water Purification

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Craig McArthur

Description: Learn various water purification techniques. Clean water is important in survival situations and to ensure proper hygiene in camps and to clean and prevent infections in wounds. Learn simple, thrifty, weight saving techniques, plus discuss advantages and disadvantages of most water purification techniques.

What to bring? This workshop may occur outside. Participants may bring items they think may be of interest.


Improvised Medical Devices

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Mac Wardell

Description: McGuyver in the back-country? Learn how to use various objects to perform non-traditional jobs n terms of providing care in an austere environment.

What to bring? workshop may occur outside. Participants may bring items they think may be of interest.


Blister care

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Dr. Mika Hemphill

Description: Review best practices when it comes to one of the most common injuries wilderness travelled face and could potentially result in increased morbidity if proper care is not given.

What to Bring? This workshop will be held outdoors. Be prepared. Participants may want to bring any bluster kits they may own or have made to trial.


Improvised Splinting

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Peter Symons

Description: Discuss techiques to use improvised items when splinting an injury while in the back country.

What to Bring? This workshop will be held outdoors. Be prepared. Participants may want to bring various splints(material) they may own or want to trial.


Dive Medicine common injuries and their pathophysiology.

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Matt Beilby DMT, Scott Heathcott EMT-P

Description: Learn the pathophysiology behind the most common dive injuries, how to diagnose them and what to do about it.

What to Bring? This workshop may occur outside be prepared.


Survival Basics

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: TBA

Description: Review and practice this basic survival techniques. The rule of threes and the basic concepts around them. A great intro session that should be require for anyone stepping off a paved road (or flying, ever..)

What to Bring? This workshop will be held outdoors. Be prepared. Participants may want to bring various survival kits or items they may own or want to trial.


Knots and rope systems

Length: 3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0 (if participants have required equipment)

Host: TBA

Description: This workshop is designed to learn or review basic knots used in high angle and slope rescue, plus review,the basic concepts of these systems. In an emergency the concepts can be used in self rescue situations. Review or improve your technique with this hands on workshop.

What to Bring? Be prepared for the outdoors, leather gloves are recommended (not required)


Simulated back country rescue

Length: 3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Rachel Jamison

Description: Join Rachel in a hands on workshop that provides a hands on simulated rescue experience in back-country terrain.

What to Bring: Appropriate clothing for any weather. Gloves, sturdy boots. Transportation to staging area is not provided by conference, car-pooling may be available.


Bear Safety

Length: 2+ hrs

Extra Cost: $25 (costs cover inert bear spray)

Host: Bow Valley Wildsmart

Description: our local bear experts will review how to avoid encounters with Bruins in or parks and what to do if one does occur. Hands on practice with inert bear spray will provide you with real training experience using this life saving (you and the bear) tool.

What to bring: be prepared for all weather. Bring any bear detergents you way wish to discuss or show. (No forearms! They are restricted in the park)


Improvised Litters and Carries

Length: 3hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host:

Description: Organized rescue is not always available or the most efficient or prudent way to evacuate the sick or injured from the back country. This hands on workshop will discuss and hand participants practice various improvised litters and ways to carry victims.

What to bring? Sturdy boots and clothing for outside workshop


Core concepts in providing care in a winter environment

Length: 3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Sunshine Village Ski Patrol / Snow Safety

Description: build a shelter to provide immediate care, discuss self rescue options and see how one of the finest pro-patrol systems in the country evaluate, treat and transfer patients in the snow and cold.

What to bring? Participants must be prepared for an outdoor workshop in the snow. Proper footwear is a must. Transportation to Sunshine Village is not provided.


Mountain Biking and Field Repair

Length: 3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Mike Milne

Description: Mountain bike local trails with long-time local Mike Milne. While enjoying great single track the group will stop and discuss simple emergency field repair for common issues encountered while mountain biking. These techniques might make the difference between getting home or being in a survival situation stuck in the back country. A must for anyone who does extended trips away from civilized areas.

What to Bring? Mountain bike, helmet (mandatory), water, nutrition, appropriate clothing.


Helicopter operations - orientation

Length: 3+hrs

Extra Cost:

Host: Parks Canada Visitor Safety and Banff EMS

Description: visit Alpine helicopters with Visitor safety specialists and Banff EMS paramedics and discuss helicopter operations and long line safety, plus practice loading and unloading a bell 407 (or similar) aircraft. Discuss and see how patient care restrictions exist in these aircraft.

What to Bring? This workshop will occur at the Canmore heliport. You must arrange your own transportation. Wear appropriate clothing to work around the helicopters in all weather.


Canine First Aid

Length 2+ hours

Extra cost: TBA (cost will be a donation to the BVSPCA who is helping provide the

course.)

Host: Dr. Williamson DVM and the Bow Valley SPCA

Details: Learn basic first aid techniques for our canine companions often working and recreating beside us. In cooperation with the BVSPCA we hope to provide an informative session on the basics of canine care. All proceeds will go toward our partners.

What to bring. A love of caring for animals.


Hypothermia

Length 3hrs

Extra cost: $0

Host: Miles Randell ACP

Details: Join Rescue specialist and advanced care paramedic Miles Randell in this great hands on workshop designed around training provided to one of the busiest search and rescue agencies in the country on vancouver’s north shore. Hypothermia is one of search and rescues biggest challenges. Proper management is vital. Miles is a dynamic teacher who's experience includes one of the most remarkable hypothermia survivor rescue stories in the world.

What to bring: this session will likely occur in the snow at Sunshine Village. Appropriate clothing a proper footwear for snow is a must. Participants must provide their own transportation to the location when determined.

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