The 7 “P’S”

The 7 “P’S”

From Rhod:

Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

We are blessed here in Colorado to have nearly every sport invented by mankind available to us practically on our doorstep. With almost 4,000,000 acres of wilderness to recreate in, being able to take care of yourselves and others is of paramount importance. Here at Rouge Consulting Group our Co-Founders have decades of experience working in field medicine and are just waiting for an opportunity to give you the necessary tools to be able to deal with a medical emergency in the field. Our personal experience and knowledge comes from working as combat medics, firefighters, E.M.T’S, mountain/high angle rope/swift water and helicopter rescue personnel.

Our courses are designed to meet the specific demands of our clients and are tailored to cover casualty care in an array of environments. For example, if you are going on a hunting trip it is advisable to know how to treat gunshot wounds should that unfortunate incident occur.  If you have a trip planned to high altitude or an extremely cold environment, it would be beneficial to know the signs and symptoms as well as be able to treat cold injuries, hypothermia, acute mountain sickness and cerebral/pulmonary edema. It would also be handy to know that the ideal water temperature to restore frozen digits back to normality is 102 degrees F. The list of the “nice to know” information is endless, so it is our mission to design courses that are not factually overwhelming, but provide key functional life-saving applications should you find your arse, or anyone else’s, in a sling.

I mentioned in one of my previous blogs that you couldn’t solely rely on the emergency response system when you are in the backcountry. It is therefore imperative that you arm yourselves with the tools necessary to get back home in one piece. Also, just because other people venture into the wild relatively clueless, do not assume that you should do the same. (Think of the characters in the films 127 Hours and Into The Wild as examples of poor preparation and planning). It is imperative to get some life saving medical knowledge behind you these days, as the backcountry is full of people who have no business being there. This places great strain on the mountain rescue folk, which in turn increases the chances of a delayed rescue for you as they are dealing with others. Forewarned is forearmed, learn the basics and more importantly learn to improvise with the basics.

We are not blessed with the gift of seeing into the future. It is best to prepare yourself and obtain the knowledge that will allow you to react appropriately when you find yourself in the middle of a shit sandwich. So whether you are a hunter, woodsman, survivalist, skier/snowboarder, paraglider, mountaineer/climber, kayaker, hiker, mountain biker, triathlete, trail runner, base jumper etc. and would like to find out more about our highly practical field medicine courses, please contact us at:

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