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Wilderness First Aid



Wilderness Advanced First Aid

WAFA (4 Days)






Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.


Description


Sample Syllabus

Day 1 - Introduction/Registration; Systems Based Critical Thinking; Infection Control; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory             & Respiratory Systems; Adult CPR; Basic Life Support


Day 2 - Quiz/Case Studies; Nervous System, Spine Management; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Lifts, Moves, and Extrications; Splints - Extremities; Patient Assessment Drills


Day 3 - Quiz/Case Studies; Thermoregulation; Bites and Stings; Lightning; Elective Topics; Wounds and Burns; Allergies and Anaphylaxis; Improvised Patient Carries; Patient Assessment Drills


Day 4 - Case Study Review; Elective Topic; Backcountry Medicine; Medical and Legal Issues; Patient Assessment Drills; Simulations; Final Exam; Conclusion



Certifications

This course is scheduled for 4-days or 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for three years.


Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

- The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue

- SOAP Notebook

- The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook

  1. -Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes


Equipment

We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.


Recertification

To recertify your current WMA International WAFA certification, you may take the Open Recertification course, retake the WAFA course or upgrade to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) by taking a Bridge (WAFA to WFR) course.


Canada only:

Students with a current WMA International WAFA certification may attend the two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course.


Evaluation

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International  is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


Prerequisites

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.






Wilderness First Responder

WFR (8 Days)









The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.


Description


Course Content

The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.


  1. -The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.

  2. -Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic Life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis         and asthma.

  3. -Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.

  4. -Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.

  5. -Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.

  6. -Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.

  7. -Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.

  8. -WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.


Certifications

This course is traditionally scheduled for eight days of instructional and practice time, though some hosts offer a seven-day or five-day format. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of CPR taught to an equivalent health care provider level. Certifications are valid for three years.


Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  1. -Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner

  2. -The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine

  3. -Wilderness Medicine Workbook;

  4. -Wilderness First Responder Class Notes

  5. -SOAP Notebook


Equipment

We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide low level outdoor equipment and any specific gear relevant to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates International will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.


Recertification

Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course. Options include the Bridge (WAFA to WFR), Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or the Open Recertification course.


Evaluation

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


Prerequisites

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.







Bridge (WAFA to WFR)

Bridge (4 Days)









The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMTs may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification.


Description


Course Content

This course is presented in 36 to 40 hours over 4 days. Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, with afternoons devoted to outdoor practical skills and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.


Day 1: Registration/Introduction; Review Pre-course Study Packet; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory/Respiratory Systems; PAS Drills; Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider-level CPR)


Day 2: Quiz/Case Studies Review; Nervous System; Spine Management; Musculoskeletal; PAS Drill; Dislocations; Patient Immobilization; Litter Carries and Belays; PAS Drills


Day 3: Quiz/Case Studies Review; Emergency Childbirth; Allergy & Anaphylaxis; Altitude or Diving; Frostbite; Near Drowning; Search and Rescue; Traction Splints; Improvised Litters; Simulation and Debrief


Day 4: Case Study Review; Backcountry Medicine; Toxins; Medical Kits; PAS Drills; Written Test; Skills Testing; Conclusion



Certifications

All eligible students who successfully complete the WAFA to WFR Bridge course will receive WMA International’s Wilderness First Responder certification including anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-Level CPR or equivalent. All WMA International certifications remain valid for three years. This certification can be used to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam, which is at the discretion of the local or state EMS authorities.


Included Materials

The following teaching materials are provided by WMA International at no additional cost:

  1. -Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner

  2. -The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine

  3. -Wilderness Medicine Workbook;

  4. -Wilderness First Responder Class Notes

  5. -SOAP Notebook


Recertification

Within three years, graduates may recertify by completing a Wilderness Advanced First Aid, retaking the Bridge (WAFA to WFR), or completing the Open Recertification course.


Prerequisites

Current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification within three years of the Bridge course. If using this course to recertify, students must have proof of a valid WMA International WFR or WEMT certification or a valid WFR certification from another organization, whose original training was at least 64 hours in length. Proof of certification is required.


Students will have access to the pre-course assignments 2-4 weeks prior to course. Students should complete the study guide in preparation for the course. It was designed to familiarize students with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course but it will not be figured in to the final grade.


Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate in this course. Those under eighteen years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.






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For over 30 years Wilderness Medical Associates International has been teaching practical medicine to people who work in remote and difficult environments. The core curriculum is designed to provide the skills and insight needed to improvise, adapt, and exercise reasonable judgment at any level of medical training.


Wilderness and Rescue Medicine differs significantly from conventional medical courses and other programs that are oriented toward the urban environment. These courses teach you how to approach a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn't an option. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment.