Ski Patrol: Outdoor Emergency Response Winter 2023

Class Details

The course will teach and develop the technical proficiency and leadership skills required to effectively and efficiently administer emergency medical care in outdoor environments. Successful completion of written and practical exams, along with demonstrating ski/snowboard proficiency, can lead to certification as a member of the National Ski Patrol. The course is based upon implementing National Ski Patrol’s Outdoor Emergency Care and Outdoor Emergency Transport curricula in a hands-on, “on-hill” environment. Students will spend approximately 12 hours per week learning and practicing Ski Patrol medical care and rescue techniques. Specifically, students will develop skills to recognize and provide emergency care for situations they learned about in prior first responder training (Outdoor Emergency Care, Wilderness First Responder, or Emergency Medical Technician): – Wounds and Burns – Environmental Emergencies (e.g., frostbite, hypothermia, heat exhaustion) – Musculoskeletal Trauma (e.g., breaks, strains, sprains, etc.) – Shock, Respiratory Emergencies, Poisoning, Substance abuse emergencies – Medical emergencies (e.g., heart attack, stroke, seizures, insulin shock, etc.) In the outdoor environment, students will practice the use of various types of splints, spinal motion restriction, bandaging, rescue/transport equipment, methods of extrication, use of oxygen, organization/prioritization of rescue tasks, and how to deal with unusual emergencies such as mass casualty incidents. Emphasis will be placed on the Leadership Skills required to handle complex and stressful emergency situations. Each week there will be ~12 hours of practical outdoor work at Jiminy Peak and on campus. Exact class timing (morning vs. afternoon; 4 vs. 6 hours per meeting; etc.) will be determined based on student and instructor availability. Additional homework/practice may be required. Class attendance is mandatory. The course includes certification in CPR.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 16
Expected: NA
Class#: 1198
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Written and practical exams
Prerequisites: Outdoor Emergency Care, Wilderness First Responder, or Emergency Medical Technician
Enrollment Preferences: The course will be limited to 15 students, chosen on the basis of ski/snowboard interest and ability. Preference given to students who completed the Outdoor Emergency Care PE class in the preceding fall term.
Unit Notes: An alumnus of Williams ('85) with a PhD in Materials Science, Tom Feist worked for General Electric, taught Chemistry at Williams, and has ski patrolled for over 40 years. He is a National Ski Patrol Instructor Trainer and patroller at Sugarbush, VT.
Materials/Lab Fee: $20
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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