Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Systems

Michael Millin, Seth C. Hawkins

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Abstract

Wilderness emergency medical services (WEMS) are designed to provide high quality health care in wilderness environments. A WEMS program should have oversight by a qualified physician responsible for protocol development, education, and quality improvement. The director is also ideally fully trained as a member of that wilderness rescue program, supporting the team with real-time patient care. WEMS providers function with scopes of practice approved by the local medical director and regulatory authority. With a focus on providing quality patient care, it is time for the evolution of WEMS as an integrated element of a local emergency response system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-389
Number of pages13
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Emergency medical services
  • Medical direction
  • Wilderness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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