This course covers the scope of a Wilderness First Responder course with emphasis on:
- The general principles of wilderness and rescue medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, critical thinking, and risk management.
- Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR and AED use, basic life support skills, and the patient assessment system.
- Environmental medicine focused on the most relevant topics related to altitude illness, hypothermia and heat related illness, freezing and non-freezing cold injuries, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
- Backcountry medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems. Emphasis on pathways of disease, preventative strategies, i.e., vaccinations. chemoprophylaxis, maintaining a healthy immune system, etc.
- Treatment of stable and unstable injuries from traumatic mechanisms, spine stabilization, and treatment of musculoskeletal problems such as overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
- International emphasis on epidemiology and hazard assessment in developing countries, toxins, bites and stings, and medical facility assessment, evacuation decisions, medical kit preparation, and international medical/legal considerations.
- Skills Labs focused on hemorrhage control, wound cleaning and debridement (including open fractures, burns, and blisters), bandaging, splinting, spine stable patient packaging, hypothermia management, etc.
- WMA International Wilderness Protocols including treatment of anaphylaxis, wound management, CPR in a remote setting, spine injury assessment, reduction of simple dislocations, and treatment for severe asthma.