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Hypothermia Lunch Talk

January 9 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

- $10

On Sunday January 9th between 2-5 pm, Back40 Wilderness First Aid will be running an outdoor Hypothermia wrapping skills session!

Part of the focus of the WMIG is to teach students how to provide care in austere environments. The Hypothermia wrap session will take place at Meewasin Park (North end of Spadina). As the session will take place outdoors throughout the entire duration, please ensure to dress appropriately.
The WMIG will be collaborating with Back40 over the term to provide 4 skills sessions. To make these opportunities viable and to ensure participant commitment, a $10 participation fee will be required for the Hypothermia wrapping session. The participation fee can be sent by etransfer to pavlo.zerebecky@usask.ca (WMIG Treasurer).

The session will be limited to the first 16 participants to sign-up by Friday January 7th at 11:59pm.

To sign-up, please visit the link below:

Event Description:
This session will focus on HOW to minimize heat loss in patients you might be treating in the backcountry / outdoor environments. The highlight of this session will be applying layers to build a hypothermia wrap with ideal items and minimalistic items. Some tarp stretcher skill development will be introduced. Students will review the mechanisms of heat loss and the stages of hypothermia as a person’s exposure continues.

– 4 Stages of Hypothermia inc. signs/symptoms
– 5 Mechanisms of Heat Loss review
– Caring for patient AND your own needs in cold environments

Skill Practice:
– Getting items UNDER patient
– Hypothermia wrap layers (ideal)
– Hypothermia wrap layers (improvised)

What students need to bring:
1) Be dressed for the weather – we will not be going inside.
2) Bring a “pack” that they may have with them on a day hike/ski/trip etc. It is reasonable to assume that if you usually have an item with you that this is a good opportunity to practice with it.
3) Bring at least 1-2 extra pieces of clothing – shirt/sweater/jacket and spare items like socks/toque/gloves.


January 9
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm