Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

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Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

Practical/Overnight Location (White Cloud, MI): Institute of Leisure Arts - Map (Must attend full session for certificate) There is a night time practical Saturday 6-1 and class the next morning. Everyone should plan on spending the night close to or at the institute. Dispersed camping spots are available for free at the Institute of Leisure Arts. Water is available.  The 16+ hour course is designed to prepare the outdoors person, search and rescue member or first responder with the knowledge and skills to treat medical emergencies that occur more than an hour from Emergency Medical Services.  While standard first aid courses provide a background in treating injuries and stabilizing victims that are within minutes of Emergency Medical Care, wilderness medicine provides a background to sustain and stabilize victims for longer response times.   Concepts will include long term care of victims and transport of subjects from wilderness environments.

This course offers the same curriculum and certification as NOLS or WMA.  It is presented and taught by very experienced medical professionals.    This course also offers a natural progression for becoming a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT. Course Curriculum Introduction to Wilderness First Aid • What Is Wilderness?, What Is Wilderness First Aid?, Legal and Ethical Issues, Psychological and Emotional Issues, Infectious Disease Precautions Action at an Emergency • Mechanisms of Injury • Moving a Victim • Extrication From Difficult Locations • Seeking Help • Guidelines for Evacuation Victim Assessment and Urgent Care • Assessment • Scene Survey • Initial Assessment • Victim’s History • Vital Signs and Physical Exam • Ongoing Assessment Care of Bleeding, Wounds, and Burns • Bleeding • Wounds • Burns Dressings and Bandages • Dressings • Bandages • Applying and Removing a Dressing • Bandaging Techniques Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries • Bone Injuries • Joint Injuries Muscle Injuries Physical and Environmental Hazards • Acute Mountain Sickness • Cold Injury • Heat Illness • Lightning Injury Poisons, Toxins, and Poisonous Plants • Toxic Plants and Poisons • Plant-Induced Dermatitis Animal Bites, Human Bites, and Snake Bites • Animal Bites • Snake Bites Insect and Arthropod Bites and Stings • Spider Bites • Scorpion Stings • Tick Bites • Mosquito Bites • Insect Stings • Insect Repellents Improving the Odds of Survival (for patient and provider) - Survival Psychology, physiological response to survival or trauma situations, priorities of life Practical Exercise/SIMS (Simulations) -  The SIMS are designed to reinforce and expand the students knowledge and application of Wilderness First Aid.  In addition, the concept of improvised medicine is introduced and studied.
Unlike typical First Aid courses, the practical exercises are more intense and provide a vastly superior education.  SIMS also take place in the outdoor environment and incorporate the same stresses, unknowns and difficulties that attempt to prepare the student for a "real world" emergency.  Students of the WFA course are better prepared for emergencies than their "Standard First Aid" counterparts. Students must complete written exam and display competence during practical exercises to graduate and receive certificate. Please Note* This class requires students to come prepared for class with the following book: Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care in Remote Locations American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons : ISBN 978-1-4496-4218-1 Books should be purchased in advance of class.
If you would like to purchase your book for $35 through FBET, click HERE to order and we'll provide you with a copy AT class.  PLEASE NOTE:  We are unable to send the books before the class.

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