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Health Lecture: "How to Survive A Snake Bite" with Gael Whetstone and Justin Carmichael

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Health Lecture:

How to Survive A Snake Bite

 Rattlesnake  The Living Desert

 Eisenhower Health

With Gael Whetstone and Justin Carmichael

Join us on Wednesday, March 20th for the Health Lecture: How to Survive A Snake Bite. Learn important life-saving measures to take. Presented by Gael Whetstone, BSN, RN and Justin Carmichael of The Living Desert. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC). This program is presented in partnership with Eisenhower Health and The Living Desert.  

Gael WhetstoneGael Whetstone is the Coordinator for Trauma Injury Prevention for Desert Regional Medical Center. Gael is a seasoned RN with over 28 years of experience specializing in critical care, trauma, emergency medicine, disaster management and sexual assault. She received her BSN from Cal State Dominguez Hills and much of her trauma training from the R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Gael served as charge nurse of this very busy 10 bed trauma resuscitation unit and helped draft numerous research projects including spiritual support of the trauma patient, permissive hypotension, brief intervention for the impaired driver and recall of events after intubation.

In addition to these accomplishments:

  • Gael was the recipient of the Wyeth Pharmaceutical Fellowship award for publishing "Cardiac Insufficiency In Geriatric Trauma" in the American Journal of Nursing.
  • She received multiple recognition awards for her contributions in community teaching and excellence in patient care for trauma resuscitation.
  • She was profiled on TV's Trauma Life in the ER and in two articles which won major journalism awards (one being a Pulitzer Prize).
  • Gael testified before numerous legislative committees and was a speaker at press conferences concerning highway safety legislation and motor cycle helmet laws in Maryland and Washington, DC.
  • She served as a consultant to Maryland State Legislators and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, Washington DC.
  • Gael is a member of ENA, AACN, ANA, Society of Trauma Nurses and the American Trauma Society.

Justin CarmichaelJustin Carmichael is currently the Volunteer Program Manager for The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, California. Justin came to The Living Desert nearly 8 years ago as a Programs Presenter. Mr. Carmichael’s interest in the natural world began at a young age. His first experience working at a zoo was as a volunteer for the Cincinnati Zoo 22 years ago. During this time, Justin was inspired by a Reptile Keeper he interned with. His influence led Justin to the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo in Gainesville, Florida to pursue a degree and ultimately a career in zoos. From there he worked in interpretive positions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Florida Park Service as a Naturalist Ranger. Mr. Carmichael also received his certification as a Wildlands Firefighter and Emergency First Responder for the State of Florida during his time as a Ranger. Mr. Carmichael and his wife live in Beaumont, California.







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