On July 21, 2010 three parties of climbers were struck by lightning near the summit of the Grand Teton (13,770 feet/4075 meters). The ensuing rescue was the largest single rescue effort in Grand Teton National Park history. The incident involved 17 patients and considerable resources. Dr. Will Smith, 2015 Street Medicine Society Award winner, directed the medical operations of the high-altitude rescue and will discuss how the Wilderness Mass Causality Incident (MCI) unfolded in a technical wilderness setting and the treatment of the lightning injuries encountered.
1) Discuss general wilderness medical issues.
2) Understand the rescue response to a wilderness MCI.
3) Review the spectrum of disease caused by lightning.
This is one of Dr. Will Smith’s most popular lectures. It will be customized specifically for your group’s level of experience, areas of focus and desired outcomes.