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Friday, November 2 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
48-Hour Backcountry Survival Challenge: Got Skills?

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Is your crew equipped with survival strategies? Every year, AirMed trains their Flight Teams on winter and summer survival techniques. Key elements for success are discussed including positive mental attitude, orienteering, building a shelter and fire, and locating suitable drinking water. Although the aircrafts are equipped with survival kits and some crew members carry their own, we often debate what gear is actually necessary. This poses an interesting question: Could our team "survive" in the event of an unscheduled remote landing? Well, AirMed decided to test this and the results were astonishing!

Two AirMed flight teams were chosen for this experiment—one that "has experience in the backcountry" and one that "doesn't have experience in the backcountry." Join us as we take you through this groundbreaking exercise with raw footage of our crews working though this difficult, yet realistic survival scenario. We will provide an entertaining, informative, and thought-provoking compilation of the data of our experience with real people that have endured and "survived" an unscheduled remote landing. 

avatar for Deborah Witte, RN, CCRN

Deborah Witte, RN, CCRN

Chief Flight Nurse, AirMed, University of Utah
Deb Witte is the Chief Flight Nurse at University of Utah’s AirMed. She has been a critical care nurse since 2004 and has worked in the Oncology SCU, MICU, and Emergency Departments prior to becoming a flight team member. Deb worked as an assistant director on movies and films for... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Morreale, BS, FP-C, NR-P

Nathan Morreale, BS, FP-C, NR-P

Chief Flight Paramedic, AirMed
Nathan Morreale, BS, FP-C, NR-P, has been involved in pre-hospital EMS since 2001. After a successful career in the fire service where he served as a PIO, Firefighter/Paramedic, and Captain, Nathan joined AirMed and now serves as the Chief Flight Paramedic.  Over the last 11 years... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm CDT
Room 202C