Available courses

We are delighted to welcome you to the Odyssey team! We have the privilege of supporting your professional practice by providing evidence-based medical direction. We respect that fact that each of you has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, which you are bringing to your practice whether you are staffing a triathlon or a music festival. Our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to practice safely, so that you can provide the highest quality patient care in the field.

In this fairly long-winded course (my bad), we will provide some of the background about medical direction and then you can dive into the policies, refreshing your skills and knowledge about many of the common health issues you will encounter in our unique pre-hospital environment.

Happy reading!

Sheila and Adam

Dr. Sheila Turris, NP, PhD

Dr. Adam Lund, MD (Emergency)

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Anaphylaxis can be a life threatening emergency. Epinephrine is the drug that will save lives in this situation. We want you to take this short course to refresh or confirm your knowledge about the assessment and treatment of anaphylaxis in the pre-hospital setting.

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

  1. Assess for the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis.
  2. Administer epinephrine intramuscularly.

Enrolment key required

All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – need to know how to recognize and respond to an emergency that involves bronchospasm and shortness of breath. We want you to take this short course to refresh or confirm your knowledge about bronchospasm and its treatment in the pre-hospital setting. 

You will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. The signs and symptoms of bronchospasm.
  2. The treatments for bronchospasm. 

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

  1. Check oximetry on appropriate patients with an oximeter on which they are oriented
  2. Deliver salbutamol/Ventolin.

Administer 2nd line medications as ordered.

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In our professional lives, there are very few shifts that pass without encountering a patient experiencing acute pain. All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – need to know how to recognize and treat acute pain in the pre-hospital environment. We want you to take this short course to refresh your knowledge about the use of Entonox to treat acute pain in the pre-hospital setting.

 You will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. The signs and symptoms of acute pain.
  2. The indications and contraindications for the use of Entonox to treat moderate to severe acute pain.

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All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – need to know how to recognize and respond to an emergency that involves low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. We want you to take this short course to refresh or confirm your knowledge about hypoglycemia and its treatment in the pre-hospital setting. 

You will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. The signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia.
  2. The treatments for hypoglycemia.

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

  1. Check blood sugar on appropriate patients with a glucometer on which they are oriented
  2. Deliver oral glucose or equivalent
  3. Administer parenteral dextrose or equivalent

Enrolment key required

The decision to Initiate intravenous therapy in the field requires great assessment skills, a clear understanding of the clinical picture (and why an IV is necessary), as well as solid procedural skills.

If your scope of practice allows you to initiate IV therapy, you probably start IVs every shift. In that case, all of the material in this brief course will be review. If, on the other hand, you are a new graduate or you just completed an IV skills course at work, you may find some of the content a great review.

NOTE: This course is not a skills course. We assume that you have completed a skills course separately.

You will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. Common indications for initiating IV therapy in the field.
  2. Common complications of IV therapy.

Enrolment key required

At music festivals, nausea, vomiting and dehydration is one of the most common clusters of symptoms you will encounter. Although patients may present with pre-syncope, dizziness and moderate to severe dehydration, because they are young and healthy the effects of insufficient fluid intake and sun exposure are usually fairly easy to reverse.

In this short course, you will have a chance to refresh your memory about: 

  1. The signs and symptoms of mild, moderate and severe dehydration.
  2. The indications and contraindications for the use of dimenhydrinate/Gravol to treat moderate to severe, uncomplicated nausea and vomiting.
  3. A systematic approach to the treatment of uncomplicated nausea, vomiting and dehydration at music festivals.

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

  1. Administer dimenhydrinate/Gravol for nausea and vomiting.
  2. Administer IV fluids as required to treat dehydration.

Enrolment key required

All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – will on occasion be asked to provide a dose or doses of over the counter (OTC) medications including: 

  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Advil (ibuprofen)
  • Benadryl (dimenhydrinate)
  • Claritin (Loratadine)
  • Imodium (Loperamide)
  • Tums (Calcium carbonate)

These OTCs are requested for symptoms that include: headache, back pain, seasonal allergies, diarrhea, and heartburn.

We want you to take this short course to refresh or confirm your knowledge about common OTCs and the policy around dispensing in the pre-hospital setting. In this course you will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. The indications for dispensing of Over the Counter medications.
  2. The indications for specific Over the Counter medications.
  3. Doses, common side effects, and contraindications of specific Over the Counter medications.
  4. Options for care under Odyssey’s Medical Direction plan at Odyssey events. 

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

Dispense OTCs for common, minor, non-acute symptoms.

Enrolment key required

All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – need to know how to recognize and respond to an emergency that involves injury to the spine. We want you to take this short course to refresh or confirm your knowledge about spinal injuries and treatment in the pre-hospital setting.

You will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. The signs and symptoms of spinal cord injury.
  2. Indications for spinal precautions.
  3. The safe application and maintenance of spinal precautions.

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

Apply spinal precautions for appropriate patients with an actual or potential spinal cord injury.

Enrolment key required

All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – have some knowledge of automatic external defibrillators (AEDs). Whether we have gained our knowledge in the context of our professional lives or through television and media, we are all familiar with the concept of the application of energy to save lives in cardiac arrest. What we may be less familiar with is the requirements for maintenance, service and repairs. This is vital information as no one would ever want to reach for an AED and find it not in working order during an emergency. This short course will take you through the “need to knows.”

You will have a chance to learn about the:

  1. purchase of AEDs.
  2. maintenance of AEDs.
  3. data management for AEDs.

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following for Odyssey: 

  1. Purchase AEDs from approved manufacturers.
  2. Maintain AEDs in working order.
  3. Download data from AEDs.

Enrolment key required

All of us – first responders and paramedics, nurses and physicians – will on occasion be asked to provide a dose or doses of a controlled drug or substance such as fentanyl or morphine.

In this course you will have a chance to refresh your memory about:

  1. Controlled drugs or substances as a category.
  2. Legislation and standards for ordering, secure storage, record keeping and administration of controlled drugs and substances in the pre-hospital setting.
  3. Options for care under Odyssey’s Medical Direction plan at Odyssey events.

Completion of this module will permit certified providers to perform the following at Odyssey events to their level of training:

Administer (and or support the administration of) controlled drugs and substances as prescribed by a licensed prescriber.

Enrolment key required

The purpose of this course is to provide consistent guidance on the identification, management and treatment of patients presenting with a suspected or confirmed opioid overdose.

This module is focused primarily from the perspective of the front-line roving, gator and station teams on an event, or providers in an austere environment.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand what an opioid overdose is
  2. List the common sign & symptoms of an opioid overdose
  3. Understand what Naloxone (Narcan) is and what it does
  4. Understand the steps in performing an intramuscular injection
  5. Respond to a suspected or confirmed opioid overdoes as per the treatment protocol included in this module
  6. Understand how to integrate Naloxone (Narcan) into your approach to patient who is:
      • Unconscious
      • Having respiratory compromise, but has a pulse
      • Not breathing and has no pulse

Enrolment key required