This five day course (June 28 - July 2) serves to train Wilderness First Responders and to upgrade an existing EMT to WEMT. This is an intensive course covering a wide spectrum of emergency care topics relative to wilderness medicine and caring for injuries and illnesses over prolonged periods of time. The format will be a combination of discussions, practical stations and real-life simulations.
Topics include assessment and management of traumatic injuries such as fractures, burns and wounds; circulatory, nervous, and respiratory system problems; common injuries such as blisters, sprains and strains; medical problems such as anaphylaxis, toxins, altitude, hypothermia, hyperthermia, and infections; and use of improvised materials in remote situations. It will include information on personal outdoor preparedness, accident management and prevention and introduces you to simple evacuation techniques and rope work.
The course is intended for people who are likely to provide care in a remote environment (over 2 hours) such as outdoor trip leaders, guides, search and rescue units, rural ambulance squads, and backcountry rangers. The style and content of the course are the result of input from outdoor educators, medical experts, search and rescue personnel, EMS field providers and prior students. Certification through Wilderness Medical Associates will be granted following successful completion of the course.
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