Dr Linda Dykes Consultant in Emergency and Interface Frailty Medicine Wye Valley NHS Trust UK (NHS), UK Leominster, England
Description: Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, UK, attracts 10 million visitors every year, of whom about 120 become ill or injured "off the beaten track", and require the assistance of Mountain Rescue Teams and/or a Search & Rescue Helicopter.
Using data from a unique multi-agency database of Snowdonia mountain casualties collected between 2005 and 2018, this presentation reveals what really happens to people who become ill or injured in tourist destinations in inaccessible places... and some of the findings will surprise you.
Combining data, clinical pearls, an insight into the logistical challenges faced by volunteer Mountain Rescue team medics, and examples of the benefits that the multi-agency Bangor Mountain Medicine project brought to the local Emergency Medicine, SAR helicopter, & Mountain rescue community, come along if you are interested in trauma, enjoy the great outdoors, or want to see what multi-agency data can reveal.
List some differences in injury pattern between urban and mountain falls
Give examples of non-remote situations with difficult access where a winch extraction may be beneficial
Give examples of extrication challenges that must be overcome when rescuing casualties from mountainous environments