26-29 October 2015
Lightning Strike MCI at 13,000 feet
World Extreme Medicine Expo

Central Hall Westminister
London, UK

Lightning Strike MCI at 13,000 feet

On July 21, 2010 three parties of climbers were struck by lightning near the summit of the Grand Teton (13,770 feet/4075 meters).  The ensuing rescue was the largest single rescue effort in Grand Teton National Park history.  The incident involved 17 patients and considerable resources.  Dr. Smith directed the medical operations of the rescue and will discuss how the Wilderness Mass Causality Incident (MCI) unfolded in a technical wilderness setting and the treatment of the lightning injuries encountered.

Presentation Objectives:

1) Discuss general wilderness medical issues.
2) Understand the rescue response to a wilderness MCI
3) Review the spectrum of disease caused by lightning.