What’s in your medicine container?

Sure, you probably said, “Medicine, of course”.  Ok, fair point.  But when the container is empty, why not recycle it into a small emergency kit?  This photo is an example from Chris Heberer, who recently attended one of our webinars.  He jammed an amazing amount of emergency supplies in there – even tea!  These compact, lightweight kits are great to throw in your day pack, your car or even your jacket pocket.  They can contain anything you might need on your next adventure (as long as it fits in the container).  We’ve seen multi-tools, bandages, matches, cotton balls covered with petroleum jelly, assorted medications, fishing line and lures, CPR face shields, rehydration salts and more.  Many of these are items that you have around the house already.  What’s in the best kit?  There is no single right answer.  The best kit is the one that you will carry and use.  These don’t cost much to make, and you can re-customize them any time.  They make great gifts, too!  

Photo credit: Chris Heberer, 2020

What do Polar medicine and Yale have in common?

Cheryl in Antarctica, 2020

If you answered “They’re both in cold climates”, you didn’t win any prizes, so keep reading!  Did you know that Yale School of Medicine has an online PA program?  This innovative Master of Medical Science program combines online classes, in-person labs, and hands-on clinical rotations (which are conducted throughout the country, near the student’s home community when possible).  Kinetic recently had the opportunity to talk to their Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group about practicing medicine in polar environments.  We had a blast talking to the PA students about what it’s like to care for patients when you are days to months away from definitive care!  What we enjoyed even more was observing how the students had clearly become a cohesive, interactive group despite their online learning platform.  Thanks to Erin Hillis (PA Online Class of 2022), and Mary Showstark, PA-C (Associate Professor Adjunct and Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group faculty) for providing an opportunity for us to share our Polar experiences and learn more about the Yale PA Online.  

Check out the Yale PA Online Program here: https://paonline.yale.edu/about/

Would you know what to do?

A small group of us went mountain biking to practice socially-distanced recreation during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our riders couldn’t un-clip from her pedals at the top of a hill, causing her to fall 10 feet down a ravine. When we reached her she was conscious with damage to her helmet, obvious rib fractures and difficulty breathing. We were an hour from help. Would you know what to do if this happened to you? Be prepared. Take a class with us, learn some new skills, and cure your burnout!

We have two webinars ready for you, and updated pricing for Fiji next year. New adventures will be posted as soon as our favorite locations can take travelers again. See you out there! CMEinMotion.com.