Mar-Med is coming to the WMS 2020 Conference

Mar-Med is excited to be exhibiting for the first time at the Wilderness Medical Society in Sun Valley, Idaho at the end of this month.  After all, what other medical conferences are designed for attendees to ski in America’s finest wilderness resorts!?  For years clinicians have mentioned to us how they appreciate having a Tourni-Cot in their personal first aid kits because digit injuries can occur anywhere.  A simple digit tourniquet can make a big difference, and having caught my own finger on a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean I can surely attest (See Video Below).  For those of you who don’t know about Wilderness Medicine or the Wilderness Medical Society, we wanted to provide this short informational blog.

Wilderness Medical Society

Wilderness medicine (also known as expedition medicine) is the practice of medicine where definitive care is more than one hour away, and often days to weeks away. It is defined by difficult patient access, limited equipment, and environmental extremes; decision making, creative thinking and improvising.  Although wilderness medicine shares many interests and methods with other specialties, such as sports medicine and emergency medicine, it incorporates a unique spectrum of topics and special perspective that validate it as a distinct field of study.

The Wilderness Medical Society is the world’s leading organization of medical professionals dedicated to advancing healthcare, research and education related to wilderness medicine.  It was founded in 1983 as a non-profit 501(c)3 membership society by Paul Auerbach, Ed Geehr, and Ken Kizer.  Currently it has 3200 members from 46 countries in 50 states.  Members of the society include the following types of clinicians.

  • First Responders
  • EMTs
  • Paramedics
  • Nurses
  • PAs and NPs
  • Physicians
  • Combat support medical personnel

Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Project

In addition to clinical education, The WMS also supports worthy charitable causes.  As a precursor to exhibiting this year for the first time, Mar-Med donated last year to the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital Project.  The project is a result of a commitment to bring better access and quality of healthcare to the lower Solukhumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest.  I’ve always been fascinated by the Sherpa people who have aided so many with their expertise in the Himalayan region and hope to visit one day myself.  More information can be found about the Project here: https://wms.org/donation/wongchhu/default.asp or check out the video below.  We encourage you all to support the Project as well.

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