Outdoor Emergency Care Course

This summer I decided to plan for my next level of outdoor emergency care and I was faced with the choice of taking a WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course or OEC course (Outdoor Emergency Care). Because I have always been interested in volunteering in a ski patrol I opted for OEC – it also seemed that the training was similar in nature to WFR. OEC is the National Ski Patrol mandated course, meaning that all NSP ski patrollers need to be OEC certified (some are EMTs which is kind of the same).

After looking for a class on the NSP site I found that the patrol I wanted to join in Mammoth did offer a class in Burbank and it seemed very convenient except that I was going to be out of town for too many classes (running UTMB for instance) and I wasn’t sure I could commit to two nights a week (and teaching also two nights a week). So I settled on two weeks intensive in Squaw Valley in November – I found the class through the NSP web site. I got in touch with the instructor and he had a web site set up and directed us, students, to read the OEC book on our own, some 1300 pages of emergency medicine instruction. I read the book twice over the summer until I became confident taking the exams and scoring about 94% on my own (we had access to a number of past exams). It was a lot of medical information to digest but I loved it, there’s so much to know about the human body and trauma.

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Minnesota hospitals are blazing a trail when it comes to integrative medicine. Only two hospitals in the nation offer acupuncture in the emergency room. KARE 11's Ivory Hecker takes us inside one of them in Shakopee.

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Huáng Qí / Astragali Radix


Qi Tonic - Tonifies Qi and Blood, raises Yang Qi, boost immune system, reduces edema, generates flesh and promotes discharge of pus.

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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete" -- R. Buckminster Fuller

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2222 Santa Monica Blvd
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Santa Monica CA 90404
310-464-2851

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