Hopefully this rambling will make some sense. You, hopefully, may be getting other emails from attendees with their comments – or – they’ll comment on this as I try and get the ball rolling. FYI: you ARE highly thought of and many approached me to ask me to tell you that and add that they truly appreciate your blog and what you do. Hopefully you can still leave your house with your big head…
Just completed the 2 day Austere Medicine Class held by Matt of Midwest Disaster Medical (http://www.midwestdisastermedical.com/). I would say in one word that it was awesome.
Both days were packed with a head spinning amount of information that was delivered in a clear, concise and very understandable manner. Matt is one of those individuals that truly has the knowledge and the passion to teach in a manner that really gets the information across. His extensive first hand experience is conveyed in anecdotes of success and failure that illustrate the points he is making.
While 2 days is nowhere near enough time to pass on the full body of knowledge that would be needed in a “grid down” scenario the course material is set up and presented in such a manner that makes you aware of what is needed and allows you to build on that base knowledge to better prepare yourself and your group.
The class is hands on intensive. One of the more interesting parts was the use of Matt’s own designed teaching aids for IV administration. Individuals paired up and went through the entire process of IV administration using a variety of needles and setups. I would say the next best was the section on wound closure (once again using one of Matt’s creations). I’ll admit my stitches aren’t pretty but you will have a bitchin’ scar to tell stories about…
Throughout the class Matt stresses the need to have ability with a variety of different methods – you can stock what you want to use but you need to be able to adapt to using what you might “find.”
Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of “issues” was covered. Plenty of “neat stuff” went home with each attendee.
I would strongly encourage each of you to take this course whenever it is offered. Matt is capable of taking the show on the road so please do not hesitate to contact him about that.
And yes, he DID cover RACcoon bites…
Possum bites, Dave. Did he cover possum bites as well?
Thanks for the review, Wisco, I printed it exactly except for the emphasis on RACcoon. I didn’t want you to be accused of being a racist because in the immortal words of Nervous Holly “Everybody knows, your Honor, that ‘coon’ is a racist term meaning people of color”.
If you’re interested in taking this class, hit the link in the review.