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Review
. 2017 May;35(2):377-389.
doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2016.12.001. Epub 2017 Mar 15.

Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Systems

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Wilderness Emergency Medical Services Systems

Michael G Millin et al. Emerg Med Clin North Am. .

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.

Keywords: Emergency medical services; Medical direction; Wilderness.

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