WVU to Host Wilderness Medical Conference

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Department of Emergency Medicine in the West Virginia University School of Medicine will host an Appalachian Wilderness Medicine Conference August 11-13 at the Canaan Valley Resort and Conference Center in Davis.

“The conference will teach concepts of wilderness medicine and management of environmental injuries and illness through lectures and skills workshops,” said Jack Ditty, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine.

Topics to be covered include: pediatric wilderness medicine, lightning injuries, cave rescue, swiftwater rescue, mountain biking injuries, poisonous plants, hunting injuries, ATV injuries, and splinting, immobilization and litters.

Continuing education credits are available for the conference.

“Injuries and illnesses in the Appalachian region often occur far from health care facilities,” Ditty said. “With the number of outdoor enthusiasts in the State growing every year, we need to ensure that our medical professionals better understand the basic concepts of wilderness medicine, can identify accepted techniques for field treatment of various conditions and injuries that occur in a wilderness setting, and recognize those injuries and illnesses unique to the Appalachian region.”

The deadline to register for the conference is Friday, July 28. More information and registration forms can be found at www.hsc.wvu.edu/som/em/Wilderness.asp.

Lodging is available at the Canaan Valley Resort & Conference Center. Reservations must be made prior to July 16 by calling (304) 866-4121. Refer to the WVU Emergency Medicine meeting when making arrangements.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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