OL 251 : Wilderness First Aid

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Wilderness First Aid



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Course Description

Designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to care for an injured or suddenly ill person in a remote location. The methods and protocols presented follow the Wilderness Medical Society guidelines for a 16 hour certification and are specific to a wilderness setting. The Wilderness Medical Society defines wilderness as a remote geographical location more than one hour from definitive care. Open to all and counts as an elective for Outdoor Leadership students.

Course learning outcomes

1. Assess patient conditions in a wilderness emergency.
2. Demonstrate treatment and care for immediate life-threatening injuries or sudden illness,
excluding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in a wilderness setting.
3. Arrange and implement evacuation plans, in a wilderness setting, for immediate life threatening
injuries or sudden illness, excluding cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
4. Demonstrate treatment and care for non-life-threatening injuries or illness, in a wilderness
5. Arrange and implement long-term care plans, in a wilderness setting, for a patient with non-life-
threatening injuries or illness.

Content outline

1. Introduction; Action at an emergency 2. Patient assessment and urgent care; Spine management 3. Bleeding and wounds 4. Dressing and bandages 5. Head and facial injuries; Spine 6. Specific bone and joint injuries; Splinting; Spine exam 7. Respiratory and abdominal emergencies 8. Diabetic emergencies, allergies 9. Sudden illness, genitourinary (GI/GU) 10. Environmental hazards, poisons, plants, burns, submersion incidents, marine animal stings 11. Bites and stings, first aid supplies, improving the odds, improvisation

Required materials

Wilderness first aid textbook.

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