Wilderness First Aid Presentation Set for October 24


Healthcare providers and outdoor enthusiasts Dr. Tom Penoyar, Chelsea Newman, PA-C, and Rob Merkel, PA-C, will provide a free public presentation with wilderness first aid tips on October 24.

The event will begin with an overview of wilderness first aid and techniques to use in an emergency.  The information shared will be at a basic level, intended for the general public.

“In Kittitas County, we’re primarily looking at rugged terrain,” says Dr. Tom Penoyar.  “Sprains and fractures are typical in this kind of environment. Splinting is a good skill to have.”

The presenters will also provide situational scenarios, including examples coming from their personal experience attending to medical emergencies in the wilderness. 

In addition to sharing techniques and scenarios, the presenters will share and explain the actual equipment they take with them into the wilderness.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own wilderness first aid equipment to the event for discussion.

The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24 at KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum.  The entire event should last about one hour.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Dr. Tom Penoyar is a general surgeon at KVH General Surgery in Ellensburg.  Rob Merkel, PA-C and Chelsea Newman, PA-C are primary care providers at KVH Family Medicine – Cle Elum