Jacobs School students and several medical residents from the Department of Family Medicine fuel up before their wilderness medicine trek through Akron Falls State Park earlier this month.
The all-important icebreaker exercises included a type of bucket tug of war, where the goal is to topple the other person off their bucket.
There were four teams competing against each other. Participants in the potato sack relay race had to jump for dozens of yards. Several people fell, but fortunately no injuries!
In another icebreaker, students tossed balls into the basketball nets on top of the heads of their classmates.
Medical students gathered around the “victim” who, according to the scenario, was bitten by a poisonous snake. Holmes taught them that poisonous snake bites will worsen if the victim exerts herself. Because she shouldn’t walk, a do-it-yourself gurney was constructed.
Holmes taught the students how to ensure that homemade props used in an emergency, like this do-it-yourself gurney — made out of long sticks and a blanket folded around the sticks — are capable of safely supporting the patient.
A laceration with severe bleeding (actually ketchup) was another scenario that can occur in the wild when someone trips and falls. Basic first aid was dispensed and the students learned how to stop the bleeding.
This medical resident fell on outstretched hands (it’s called a FOOSH) and sustained a simulated Colles fracture of the wrist. The student treating him is checking his pulse and palpating for tenderness around the wrist.
After learning their first aid lessons, students and residents finished their hike and wilderness medicine exercise.
In addition to learning wilderness medicine skills, David Holmes (center, bright blue shirt) said students remarked on how peaceful it was to be in the woods. “In these days of trying to promote student and resident wellness, it seems this was a very good thing, from a lot of perspectives,” Holmes said.
Published October 22, 2021