May 31 and June 1, 2023

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Wilderness First Aid is a 20 hour course that teaches the lay rescuer how to respond to medical and trauma emergencies in the wilderness environment.  This course is designed for people with no medical experience, however basic first aid and CPR/AED is highly recommended.  At the conclusion of the course the student will take a final exam and receive a certification card that is good for two years from the American Safety and Health Institute.  Included in the cost of the course is a course manual, all the training materials, and certification card.

 Course Outline

  1. Section 1. Preparation and Assessment
    1. Training for Wilderness Emergencies .
    2. Patient Assessment: Learning to Find Problems.
      1. Skill Guide 1 — Initial Assessment: Unresponsive
      2. Skill Guide 1 — Initial Assessment: Responsive .
      3. Skill Guide 2 — Physical Exam .
      4. Skill Guide 3 — Vital Signs .
      5. Skill Guide 4 — SAMPLE History .
      6. Skill Guide 5 — SOAP Table Section
  2. Section 2. Preventing and Caring for Injuries
    1. Shock .
      1. Skill Guide 6 — Shock Managemen
    2. Wilderness Wound Care .
      1. Skill Guide 7 — Control of Bleeding.
    3. Burns.
      1. Skill Guide 8 — Burn Care
    4. Bone Injuries and Splinting
      1. Skill Guide 9 — Assessing and Splinting Fractures
    5. Joint Injuries
      1. Skill Guide 10 — Unstable Ankle
    6. Head and Spinal Injuries
      1. Skill Guide 11 — Assessing and Treating Head Injuries
      2. Skill Guide 12 — Assessing Spinal Injuries
      3. Skill Guide 13 — Single Rescuer Log-Roll
      4. Skill Guide 14 — Multiple Rescuer Log-Roll
      5. Skill Guide 15 — Straightening the Pretzel
      6. Skill Guide 16 — BEAM Move
    7. Eye and Facial Injuries
    8. Chest and Abdominal Injuries
      1. Skill Guide 18 — Assessing Chest and Abdominal Injuries
  3. Section 3. Environmental Hazards
    1. How to Beat the Heat
    2. Hypothermia
      1. Skill Guide 19 — Assessing and Treating Hypothermia
    3. Frostbite
    4. Submersion Incidents (Drowning)
    5. Altitude Illness
    6. Lightning Strike
    7. Sunburn, Skin and Eye Protection
  4. Section 4. Biological Hazards
    1. Contaminated Water
    2. Mosquitoes, Ticks and Disease
    3. Bees, Wasps, and Spiders
      1. Skill Guide 20 — Using an Epinephrine Auto-Injector: To use an EpiPen® epinephrine auto-injector .Skill Guide 20 — Using an Epinephrine Auto-Injector: To use a TwinJect® epinephrine auto-injector
    4. Venomous Snakes
    5. Hazardous Mammals
    6. Hazardous Marine Animals
    7. Hazardous Plants
  5. Section 5. Medical Problems in the Wilderness
    1. Skill Guide 21 — Assessing Medical Emergencies
  6. Section 6. Additional Information
    1. Wilderness First Aid Kits
    2. Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take this course if I do not have any medical experience?

Absolutely!   This course is designed for individuals who have no medical training, although we highly recommend that you take a basic first aid course and a CPR/AED course prior to attending.

I am an EMT, Paramedic, Nurse, Physician, etc.  Will this class be boring?

We do not believe so.  This course will serve as a review to your already established base knowledge and will build upon that.  In addition, Wilderness First Aid will teach you how to think differently in an austere environment.  We will also use your expertise during the class to lead those that do not have as much experience.  This course has been approved for CME credit. Please ask your instructor for more information.

Does this course include CPR/AED?

This course does not include CPR/AED. If you need a CPR certification please call us at 702-262-2262 to discuss options.