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Your Raven Medical Instructors

The instructor team at Raven Medical is packed with real life experience. This experience translates to instruction that is simultaneously passionate and engaging, but also realistic.  

At the most recent Raven Medical Instructor Meeting in Eastern Canada, we caught up with Scott Arppe and Steve Ruskay.  They took a moment to share situations that have formed part of their experience, and to highlight what students take away from Raven Medical training.  

Want to know a bit more about some of the other folks on our Raven Medical team?  Take a moment to visit our About Us - Instructors page, where you can check out the bios of each of these great instructors on our Raven Medical team:


1. What kind of medical challenges have you personally managed in remote settings?

Steve Ruskay: Unresponsive patient with a head injury, and in seizure. Six hours from a Nursing Station.

Scott Arppe:   Two situations come to mind.  First, an older client on a 15 day canoe trip towards James Bay became sick with a GI bug two days in. He shortly after became moderately hypothermic after a very cold day on the river and had to be evacuated via float plane the next day. 

Another client broke their ankle inside a dark, cold cave on Vancouver Island, which required both horizontal and vertical manoeuvres to extricate.


2. How will Raven Medical training prepare students to handle medical challenges in various Canadian environments?

Steve Ruskay: Our courses really focus on the Patient Assessment System, decision making and planning, and the pre-hospital care chain.

Scott Arppe: With a focus on appropriate scene management and assessment, initiating proper treatment and forming a solid plan or evacuation, Raven Medical's training will give participants the confidence to handle whatever comes their way in the field.


3. What is the most important legal liability concept Raven Medical students should be aware of by the end of one of our courses?

Steve Ruskay:  Understanding how a treatment guideline is interpreted in courts in Canada.

Scott Arppe: Following appropriate treatment guidelines when performing controlled medical acts, and being familiar with the Regulated Health Professions Act. 




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