#3035 Staying Alive Outside - Environmental Causes of Death

06/20/2023 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM MT


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Tuesday, June 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm

#3035 Staying Alive Outside: Environmental Causes of Death: Hypo- and Hyperthermia, Drowning, Lightning Strikes, Avalanche, and High Altitude

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Johnson

Did you know that Colorado is in the top ten states with the most lightning fatalities in the US? Or that hypothermia (often mislabeled “freezing to death”) can happen even in the summer months and disproportionately affects people aged sixty-five years or older? Although most of these deaths occur outdoors and are preventable, each year people die in or around their own homes with some of these causes on the death certificates. With knowledge, most of these environmental deaths can be avoided, and we’ll discuss what first aiders should (or shouldn’t) do in these situations.


Deborah G. Johnson, MD from CU School of Medicine, Denver and an MS and BS in Chemistry from CU Boulder and Texas Tech Lubbock.  She had a post-graduate residency in anatomic, clinical pathology at CU Health and The Children’s Hospital, forensic pathology fellowship, Office of the Medical Investigator, UNM.  For twenty-seven years she was employed as a forensic pathologist/Medical Examiner at various locations.  She is self-employed as a consultant in her own business, Pikes Peak Forensics, PC, founded 2003.  There she served as CLIA medical director at Chematox in Boulder (2010 - 19).  She has also worked extensively for the Colorado Public Defender’s Office since 2017.

$25 PILLAR Members / $40 Nonmembers