2017 Banff Wilderness Care Conference

May 26-28th

Banff Park Lodge, Banff AB

2017 Conference schedule will be released early 2017

Visit us on facebook at www.facebook.com/banffwildcare/ for up to date information.

Pre Conference

May 28, 2016

SIMulations: Teams of four people will complete at least one high fidelity scenario. Identify, treat, package and prepare to transport a person suffering from an illness or injury in an wilderness environment. The team will then participate in a small debrief to reflect on the case and discuss ways of improving their response.  

Pre Conference

May 28, 2016

Pre-conference courses will be posted in early 2017 but will be available on Friday May 26th. 

Conference

May 29-30, 2016

The Banff Wilderness Care Conference is an annual two day conference focusing 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.

2016 Registration

Registration for the 2016 Banff Wilderness Care Conference will be conducted through Eventbright. Through Eventbright you will be able to register for the conference and select your workshops. Remember workshop preference is on a first come first serve basis!

2016 Conference Schedule

2016 Speakers

Select videos of the 2016 lectures are available on YouTube.   Visit our page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCswKZ_xHpZTsZFXnn_c_0fw

Kevin mug shotKevin lives in Banff working as a full time EMT-P with Covenant Health. He completed his Diploma in Mountain Medicine in 2014 and has just completed his requirements for his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He is also the Vice Chair of the medical committee for the Alberta / British Columbia Cave Rescue Service, ALS medical volunteer at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resorts, DiMM exam editor, Wilderness Medicine Magazine contributor and the Banff Wilderness Care Conference chair.

Session Title: Heat emergencies and hyponatremia

 

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Rachel is an EMT-P with Alberta Health Services and a lead instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates delivering world class wilderness medicine courses in SW Alberta. Rachel has also worked as an outdoor educator with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Boundless Adventures. She has a true passion for the outdoors and is a valuable asset to our team.

Session Title: Tick Talk – Why we get ticked off about tics.

Tyler mug shotTyler is an EMT-P with Alberta Health Services stationed in the heart of the Rockies. He is currently completing his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the Wilderness Medical Society and is a competitive BMX racer. He also has an amazing camperized van in which he takes his family on wonderful back country adventures in. Tyler is also an ALS Medical advisor/provider at TLH heli skiing. Avid backcountry user. including ski touring, rock climbing, & mountain biking.

Session Title: Pain management in the austere environment

untitledPeter has been teaching wilderness first aid to Parks Canada Warden Service for almost 30yrs. Once the owner of Jasper ambulance providing some of the first ALS care in the region, Peter now has retired from the streets but still teaches with the Heart and Stroke providing instruction and developing content for ACLS and more. ACLS and ACLS-EP Instructor/Instructor Trainer, ITLS Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Instructor Wilderness Emergency Care Course. EMS Exemplary Service Medal

Session Title: Hemorrhage Control – Why no one should bleed to death

Clayton mug shotOver 20 years of moving water instruction, guiding and safety.
Instructor trainer for Paddle Canada 10 years. Ice rescue and swift water rescue instructor for Rescue Canada Mountain Activity Skills Training certificate-college of the Rockies. Outward bound mountaineering semester-coast mountains. ski patrol and avalanche forecaster five years. Active father of two kids and husband to amazing wife and owner of Tasty Living inc. He is currently completing his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the WMS.

Session Title: Immersion / Submersion injuries

christian mug shotChristian has been a caver for twelve years, and has explored caves in Canada, the USA and Central America. He has been on notable expeditions locally and abroad, including an expedition in Mexico which established

Sistema Huautla as the deepest cave in the western hemisphere, and a caving/mountaineering expedition on Mt. Rainier which explored the world’s largest volcanic steam cave system. Christian has been a regional coordinator, training director, and since 2014 was elected Provincial Coordinator for Cave Rescue in Alberta. He is also a Wilderness First Responder and a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces reserve where he instructs in the Army Cadet expedition program.

Western Canada has the deepest and most extensive caves in our country. Low temperatures, loose rock, vertical drops and flowing water are some of the hazards that rescue teams will have to deal with in our caves. The presentation will deliver an overview of the cave rescue system in Western Canada, and will outline considerations and the unique challenges of
conducting rescues within the cave environment. We will also discuss the massive cave rescue operation conducted in Germany in 2014, which required over 800 rescuers from around the world.

Session Title: Cave Rescue

miles mug shotAdvanced Care Paramedic North Shore Rescue, Chair Medical Advisory Committee helicopter rescue tech Squamish SAR, helicopter rescue tech Whistler Blackcomb, Chief Medevac Paramedic BC Ambulance Service, North Vancouver. He has been in Search and Rescue for 25 years and has been a Paramedic for 19 years. He has taught at BCAS Clinical Education Division, the Paramedic Academy at the Justice Institute of BC, and the Canadian Forces School of Search and Rescue (CFSSAR).

Session Title: Hypothermia case study: The Christine Newman case

Head Shot- Brett ShawBrett is a medical student at the University of Calgary and an active member of the wilderness medicine interest group. Prior to this, he completed his master’s degree in cardiovascular physiology at Simon Fraser University. In his free time, he can be found exploring rock and ice climbing routes of the Rockies.

Session Title: Bites, bugs, and diarrhea: Infections in the austere environment
Jenn Mug ShotJenny is currently in her third year of medicine at the Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary and a member of the wilderness medicine interest group. She completed her undergrad in Animal Biology with a Minor in Human Kinetics and has participated in research in high altitude physiology at UBC. She is an active member of the Alpine Club of Canada, races mountain bikes, is a backcountry skier, rock and ice climber and has recently started mountaineering.

Session Title: Bites, bugs, and diarrhea: Infections in the austere environment

2016 Workshop Facilitators

Kevin mug shotKevin lives in Banff working as a full time EMT-P with Covenant Health. He completed his Diploma in Mountain Medicine in 2014 and has just completed his requirements for his Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. He is also the Vice Chair of the medical committee for the Alberta / British Columbia Cave Rescue Service, ALS medical volunteer at Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski Resorts, DiMM exam editor, Wilderness Medicine Magazine contributor and the Banff Wilderness Care Conference chair.

Workshop Sessions:  Simulations; Dehydrated Meals; Water Survival

rachel Mug snotRachel is an EMT-P with Alberta Health Services and a lead instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates delivering world class wilderness medicine courses in SW Alberta. Rachel has also worked as an outdoor educator with the National Outdoor Leadership School and Boundless Adventures. She has a true passion for the outdoors and is a valuable asset to our team.

Workshop Session:  Simulations

Tyler mug shotTyler is an EMT-P with Alberta Health Services stationed in the heart of the Rockies. He is currently completing his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the Wilderness Medical Society and is a competitive BMX racer. He also has an amazing camperized van in which he takes his family on wonderful back country adventures in. Tyler is also an ALS Medical advisor/provider at TLH heli skiing. Avid backcountry user. including ski touring, rock climbing, & mountain biking.

Workshop session:  Mountain Biking and Common Injuries

untitledPeter has been teaching wilderness first aid to Parks Canada Warden Service for almost 30yrs. Once the owner of Jasper ambulance providing some of the first ALS care in the region, Peter now has retired from the streets but still teaches with the Heart and Stroke providing instruction and developing content for ACLS and more.ACLS and ACLS-EP Instructor/Instructor Trainer, ITLS Instructor/Instructor Trainer, Instructor Wilderness Emergency Care Course. EMS Exemplary Service Medal.

Workshop session:  ACLS for the BLS provider & Improvised splinting

Clayton mug shotOver 20 years of moving water instruction, guiding and safety. Instructor trainer for Paddle Canada 10 years. Ice rescue and swift water rescue instructor for Rescue Canada
Mountain Activity Skills Training certificate-college of the Rockies. Outward bound mountaineering semester-coast mountains. Ski patrol and avalanche forecaster five years. Active father of two kids and husband to amazing wife and owner of Tasty Living inc. He is currently completing his Diploma in Mountain Medicine with the WMS.

Workshop Session:  Rafting trip

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Kevin moved to Lake Louise as a young adventurer.  While working as grounds crew at the Chateau Lake Louise he fell in love with being in the mountains.  Persuing that passion he immersed himself in the mountain culture spending all his free time in the outdoors.  As a member of the Lake Louise Fire Department Kevin’s second passion developed, helping the sick and injured.  Kevin is currently a Captain with the Fort McMurry Fire Department and EMT-P.  He has a wealth of wilderness and survival experience and brings his passion to the session he teaches.

Workshops:  Improvised Bandaging; Medical Kits

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Craig graduated as one of the first Canadians in the Diploma in Mountain Medicine classes from the Wilderness Medical Society.  He is passionate about medicine and enjoying the mountain environment he lives in.  He provides ALS coverage at the Lake Louise Ski area and has seen the devistation and isolation that a massive disaster can create through volunteering in New Orleans during Huricaine Katrina.   Craig has invested countless hours into assisting in making this conference a success.

Workshop Session:  Water Purification

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Mike is a long time local who moved from Winnipeg with $5 in his pocket.  With determination he has made a life in Banff and enjoying the surrounding area.  An avid mountain biker and local coach Mike will take you on a “locals” tour of the mountain bike trails.  He will also review some great feild repair techneques that can help prevent a survival situation (or at least a long hike) if something ever goes wrong on one of your “epic” rides.

 

lisa mug shotAs a Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialist Lisa spends her work hours providing rescue services to park visitors in the Mountain Parks.  A full ACMG mountain guide she also has decades of experience leading adventurers into the rugged mountain environment.  Lisa is also a registered EMT-A so understands our business and can provide a unique perspective to what a paramedic does.
Workshop:   Improvised Rescue;  Snow travel and self arrest.
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Scott is an Alberta paramedic with many hats. One of his passions is dive medicine.  This year Scott will review envenomation and other sticky subjects as they relate to dive medicine.

 

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Martin and the pro-patrol at Sunshine Village provide avalanche rescue capabilities  to some of the most challenging terrain in the Rocky Mountains.  Join Martin and his crew in a hands on avalanche practice workshop where participants will have a change to try all the necessary skills while being mentored by some of the best in the business.

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Darren Hancock CH, MNLP, CI

Paramedic, FF, Professional Speaker, Master/ Trainer Hypnosis, Master/Trainer of NLP, 25 years Public and Corp Education

Darren has been a first responder for over 23 years working in remote, rural and urban centres.  Darren is also an extremely gifted instructor, mentor and facilitator, providing an engaging and interesting event whether he is teaching first-aid, cpr, EMT courses or hypnosis techneques.  As a master instructor hypnotist Darren will provide an extremely insightful workshop.

2016 Workshops

Sunday

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Kevin McNiff

Description:  Cover how to use improvised products when dealing with various wounds.

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

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Kevin McNiff

Description:  Discuss the best items to be included in medical kits.  How long are you going for?  How healthy are your partners? What type of activity are you doing, and what are common problems? Do you have to carry everything? These are all questions to think about when dealing with this topic.  Kevin will help guide you through the decision making process.

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

Length:  1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Craig McArthur

Description:  Learn various water purification techniques.  Clean water is important in survival situations, 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.

Length:  1hr

Extra Cost:  $0

Host:  Kevin Palmer

Description:  Learn how to make your own healthy, delicious back country meals that won’t break your back or your bank account.

What to bring?  This workshop may occur outside

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: TBA

Description:   Review and practice these basic survival techniques used to start fires in the wilderness.

What to Bring?  This workshop will be held outdoors.  Be prepared.  Participants may want to bring various fire starters they may own or have made to try.

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: TBA

Description:   Review and practice these basic survival techniques used to build emergency shelters in the wilderness.

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

Length:  3+hrs

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

Host:  Mike Milne

Description:  Enjoy the afternoon peddling mountain bike trails in the Banff area, during which participants will discuss emergency repairs.  This workshop is a great way to enjoy Banff and to gain some new insight into fixing common problems.   Suitable for novice to experienced riders.

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

Length:  3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Parks Canada Visitor Safety

Description:  Join Parks Canada Visitor Safety Specialists in a hands-on workshop that discusses basic terrain knowledge and provides a  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.

Length:  4+hrs

Extra Cost:  $ See Canmore Cavers Website

Host:  Canmore Caverns

Description:  Visit Rats Nest Cave with an experience guide.  Listed as a protected Alberta historic natural resource this unique opportunity will provide an wonderful underground adventure.   Visit http://www.canmorecavetours.com/ for more information

What to Bring:  Will be directed what to bring by Canmore Caverns.  Transportation to the cave is NOT provided.  (don’t forget to eat before and take some snacks)

Length: 3+hrs

Extra Cost:  $60

Host:  Clayton Williams

Description:  Rafting in the Rockies.  Experienced rafting guides will paddle this workshop downstream discussing water rescue scenarios and immersion/submersion issues along the way.  A fun way to earn continuing education credits.

What to Bring:  Specific items will be asked for by host.  Expect to have your own insulating and water resistant clothing and footwear.  Safety items and rafts (paddles) will be provided.

3+ hours

GPS devices are useful tools but are useless without a map (built-in or paper).  Understanding symbols and other features on a map will help you navigate from where you are to where you wish to be.    “While GPSes are great, they should supplement, and not replace good low-tech backup navigation skills based on the proper use of map and compass.”

Improve your trip planning and emergency evacuation capabilities by joining Cochrane Search and Rescue instrutors to review and practice basic land navigation techneques.  The session is intended to provide introductory navigational skills including compass use, finding your position, orienting your map, map reading skills and route finding.  The session is intended to be held outdoors with ample hands on practice.

Monday

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost:  $25

Host: Kevin Palmer

Description:  Practice donning a PFD while in the water and learn the HELP position.  Don’t have a PFD? Learn how to improvise with your pants or shirt!  This fun interactive workshop will surely help if you ever find yourself on a sinking ship.

What to bring?  Swimsuit and clothes for getting wet.  Track pants and a long sleeve shirt work best. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for after the event.  Transportation to Banff Springs Hotel not provided (walk, ride a bike or car pool)

Length:  1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host: Peter Symons

Description:  Discuss techniques 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 try.

Length: 1hr

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Scott Heathcott

Description:  Learn the pathophysiology behind the most common dive injuries, how to diagnose them and what to do about it.  Focus will be be on stings and envenomations.

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

Length:  3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Sunshine Village Ski Patrol / Snow Safety

Description:  Hands on avalanche rescue practice.  Participate in a simulated avalanche scenario, practicing your searching, probing and shoveling techniques.  Discuss current resuscitation guidelines.

What to bring?  Participants must be prepared for an outdoor workshop in the snow.  Proper footwear and clothing is a must.   Participants should have prior avalanche training (AST 1 recommended) and should have a shovel, digital beacon, and a probe.  Transportation to Sunshine Village is not provided.

Length:  3+hrs

Extra Cost: $0

Host:  Tyler Semmens

Description:  Enjoy the afternoon peddling mountain bike trails in the Banff area, during which participants will discuss emergency repairs.  This workshop is a great way to enjoy Banff and to gain some new insight into fixing common problems.   Suitable for novice to experienced riders.

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

Length:  3+hrs

Extra Cost: $20

Host: TBA

Description:  Discuss safe snow travel.  Practice self-arrests on a snow slope using an ice ax.

What to Bring?  Appropriate clothing for sliding on a snow slope.  Mountaineering or heavy hiking boots, Ice Ax, climbing helmet.

Hypnosis introduces a novel treatment option for many issues someone may encounter in the austere environment.  Simply using your speach, which weights nothing and takes up no room,  a responder may be able to control an injured persons pain, nausea, or other issues.  The faculty for this workshop have decades of EMS and teaching experience, plus have provided care as  expedition medics and care in remote camps across the globe.   What started as a personal interest, our facilitators have been able to apply hypnosis techneques in their practice with amazing success.  This session is designed to break down myths and introduce responders to a very powerful and useful tool in wilderness and remote settings.

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