Wilderness Advanced First Aid - May 22 - 25, 2015

A 4-Day Certification Program

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) introduces you to back-country medicine and wilderness medical protocols. It is a 40 hour course over 4 days. Specifically designed for the unique demands of remote settings, this course focuses on three areas. First, how to treat injuries when you are hours or days from a hospital. Second, you will learn how to give care in extreme environments of cold, heat, or altitude. Finally, this course focuses on working with limited equipment and improvising. The course highlights preventative measures for environmental challenges and over-use injuries.

The main focus is the prolonged care and stabilization of patients until a rescue team or additional resources can be obtained to help with evacuation. A judgment-based approach in critical thinking to successfully dealing with medical emergencies in a remote setting is applied. Learning to work with improvised equipment and anticipate potential risks to your patient are a major component of this course. Wilderness medical protocols conferred include: administration of injectable epinephrine to manage anaphylaxis, an exam to help rule out the presence of a spinal injury and advanced wound management in wilderness contexts.

Successful graduates of this course may take the 4-day Bridge course which will upgrade them to their full Wilderness First Responder certification.

Topics & Lessons Covered

  • General concepts of wilderness medicine and the Patient Assessment System
  • CPR, AED, and basic life support skills
  • Anatomy and major problems of the respiratory, circulatory, and nervous systems
  • Musculoskeletal injury assessment and splinting
  • Spine injury assessment and management, dislocations, splints, & fractures
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Medical emergencies such as asthma and diabetes
  • Wound and burn management
  • Environmental problems such as hypothermia, frostbite & cold injuries, sun & heat illnesses, lightning, altitude, diving, and drowning
  • Back-country medicine and toxins, bites, and stings
  • Medical legal issues
  • And more...

This is a psychologically and emotionally intense program. Simulations are made to feel as ‘real’ as possible, under the kind of conditions one might experience during an emergency in the back woods. They will take place during the day or at night, rain or shine. You might want to consider shopping at thrift stores for your clothing! The emergency simulations may be videotaped & helpful feedback is given during review sessions.

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What’s Included?

  • Certifications in Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) and CPR A (adult)
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Text book, notebook (with WMA lecture notes), SOAP note booklet, waterproof WMA field guide
  • Shared Accommodation, maximum 2 people per room in the beautiful Spirit Point Lodge (includes the night before the course starts - if you choose the accommodation package).
  • Catered Meals are home-cooked and made with quality ingredients daily; fresh tea, coffee, and a selection of fruit & snacks are readily available throughout the day.  Our delicious meal plan is included in all tuition packages.
  • Hands-on training and simulations with theatrical make-up and video feedback
  • Classroom, Lounge/Study Area, Instruction, & All Necessary Equipment

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