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(formerly 'Wilderness & Remote First Aid' & 'Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid')

Red Cross Wilderness First Aid field guide.

Do you...

Camp, hike or canoe in areas where cell phones don't get a signal?
Travel, work, live or vacation in remote areas where you're more than an hour from medical aid?
Have an interest or understand the importance of First Aid that goes well beyond what's taught for 'Urban First Aid'?
Lead groups in a remote setting?
Work as a wilderness guide for hunting, fishing, canoeing or other trips?
Live, work or play where you're likely to be more than 24hrs from medical aid?

Wilderness First Aid is assistance provided in a wilderness or remote environment. A wilderness environment may be defined as any area located outside the normal range of ambulance services and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This may include a wilderness canoe route, local hiking trail or a remote forestry or mining operation.

The Importance of Wilderness Safety Training

Tranporting a patient with an improvised stretcher.Most first aid training is focused on the short-term management of common illnesses and injuries because emergency services and medical facilities are only a phone call away. However, those who work or travel/vacation in remote regions do not have immediate access to medical facilities and must possess more advanced training to respond to the specific challenges of the wilderness environment.

A rescuer’s involvement may last hours or even days depending upon the nature of the illness or injury and the availability of transport to the nearest medical facility. This delay could require the rescuer to apply advanced first aid techniques. Rescuers must deal with extreme and variable weather conditions, which may affect the safety of patients and rescuers. First aid equipment and supplies are generally limited and must often be improvised from the materials at hand. Some injuries and illnesses are more common in wilderness areas. Examples of these include deep frostbite, severe hypothermia and contact with poisonous plants. Wilderness first aid almost always involves the long-term care of patients and rescuers prior to and during evacuation. This includes providing the necessities of food and water, stabilizing body temperature and offering psychological support for patients and other group members.

Choose either:

Remote First Aid (20hrs)  or  Wilderness First Aid (40hrs)

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