Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Minimum 8, maximum 24 participants

$630 plus GST

Location: Prince George (unless otherwise indicated).

Description: Four or five days (40 hours) of engaging, realistic training - a mix of theory, discussion, outdoor scenarios in the dirt/snow/bush and on variable terrain.  We operate regardless of what the weather throws at us, and use scenarios that are relevant for the participants' needs and interests... with all the sights, smells, and simulated wounds of real injuries and medical conditions.

Wilderness emergencies require skills in first aid, decision making, leadership, and wilderness survival... and sometimes urban disasters need similar expertise.  Advanced Wilderness First Aid is essential in any disaster situation. Too often we depend on hospitals and paramedics - but in remote settings, rescue may be delayed by washed-out roads and bridges, inclement weather, challenging terrain, wildfires, snow storms, or landslides.

You must be prepared to take care of yourself, your students, your friends, your family, your community.  This training will give you the confidence to deal with challenging first aid situations... because accidents rarely happen near a first aid room!  From common injuries to complex medical conditions, you may suddenly find yourself managing a difficult first aid situation with limited resources.  What would you do?

OVERhang's Wilderness First Aid courses are certified by SOLO

This course is certified by SOLO, which is the original wilderness medical school established in North America... running continuously since 1976!  SOLO instructors take the required content and adapt it to the needs, interests, learning styles, and activities of the course participants.

The AWFA course goes into greater depth on basic first aid subjects than the WFA. The course emphasizes leadership skills, decision making, and group management, and presents new skills such as litter packaging, setting long bones, use of tourniquets, and some wilderness survival skills.  We use moulage (gory makeup) during later scenarios, get to explore anatomy and practice wound cleaning on pigs feet, and apply various other techniques to make the training as real and practical as possible.

This intensive course covers:

  • Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
  • Response & Assessment
  • Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
  • Cold-Related Injuries
  • Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
  • Heat-Related Injuries
  • Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
  • Asthma, Shortness of Breath, and Chest Pain
  • Patient Lifting & Moving
  • Principles of Fracture Care, Traction-in-Line, and setting long bones
  • Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
  • Spinal Cord Injury Management
  • Sprains & Strains Advanced
  • Major Bleeds Management
  • CPR
  • Intro to Wilderness Survival skills (improvised shelter, fire, water, etc).

Sample Course Schedule (36-40 hours):

Day One
  1. Trip Planning, Emergency Alerting, and Emergency Prevention
  2. Patient Assessment and Critical Care
  3. The Principles and Management of Traumatic Injuries
  4. Book and Scenario-based learning
  5. Quiz
Day Two
  1. Medical Emergencies
  2. Environmental Emergencies
  3. Book and Scenario-based learning
  4. CPR
  5. Quiz
Day Three
  1. Drowning and Near Drowning
  2. Making litters and Transport of Patients
  3. Scenarios
  4. Quiz
Day Four
  1. Field Practice Scenarios
  2. Final Exam

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