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University of Iowa News Release

April 26, 2005

Wilderness First Responder Course Offered At UI

The Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (WMI of NOLS) at the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services will be offering a 10-day, 80-hour Wilderness First Responder course at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area May 20 through May 29.

Rigorous and intensive, this Wilderness First Responder course is designed specifically to provide individuals with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half the course time will be spent completing practical skills, dynamic case studies and realistic scenarios designed to challenge students' decision-making ability.

The 80-hour curriculum is evidence-based, focused on wilderness medicine practices and protocols that are supported by a physician-based medical advisory panel.

Special topics include but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, in addition to information on drug therapies. In the WMI classroom, each student receives personalized attention and actively participates in scenarios intended to enhance the ability to manage stressful situations.

For over a decade, WMI has been the most recognized and respected teacher of wilderness medicine, training over 40,000 students around the world. The institute's goal is to provide the highest quality education and information for the recognition, treatment and prevention of wilderness emergencies.

For more information, please contact WMI at 866-831-9001, the University of Iowa Division of Recreational Services at 319-353-5565, visit the WMI website at wmi.nols.edu or the UI Recreational Services website at http://www.recserv.uiowa.edu/touchtheearth/wfr/wfr.htm.

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