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Overview

This is a nationally recognized program that trains participants to respond to emergencies in remote settings.

The 80-hour curriculum includes standards for urban and extended care situations. Special topics include, but are not limited to: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies. Emphasis is placed on prevention and decision-making, not the memorization of lists.

This course is designed specifically to provide you with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Half of your time will be spent completing practical skills, case studies and scenarios designed to challenge your decision making abilities. The WMI Adult & Child CPR is included in this course.

The Wilderness First Responder course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours (CEH) by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

For active members of the Wilderness Medical Society, this course has been approved for up to 59.5 hours of credit (27 core and 32.5 elective) towards a Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM).

Wilderness First Responder 9 days

Class Dates 2013

3/16 - 3/24, 8/3 -8/11

Price: $650-700.00

Requirements:

No previous experience is required.

Referral Program:

For each person you refer receive a 5% discount on your trip booking. Discounts are applied after trip application and deposit are received by the referred. Referrals will no longer be taken 30 days prior to trip departure.

Register:

Click here to contact Eden Guides about this class

Agenda

Day 1

Wilderness vs. Urban, Initial Assessment, Patient Exam, Vital Signs: LOC, HR, RR, SCTM, Vital Signs: BP, Pupils, Focused History, Documentation, Medical Legal Issues

Day 2

CPR, CPR: Remote Environments and Oxygen, Spinal Cord Injuries, Lifting and Moving, Spinal Immobilization Litter Packaging, Carrying, and Long-Term Patient Management

Day 3

Chest Injuries, Shock, Focused Spinal Assessment, Head Injuries

Day 4

Wilderness Wound Management, Athletic Injuries, Fracture Management, Traction Splinting, Dislocations

Day 5

Review and Practical Session, Hypothermia, Frostbite and Non-Freezing Cold Injury, Heat and Hydration, Altitude Illness, Practical Scenario

Day 6

Cardiac Emergencies, Respiratory Emergencies, Neurological Emergencies, Acute Abdomen

Day 7

Bites and Stings, Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Diabetes, Search Scenario, Principles of Search and Rescue/Evacuation, Mock Rescue

Day 8

Mock Rescue Debrief, Common Problems Wrap-up, Communicable Disease, Poisoning, Lightning, Submersion Incidents, Gender Medical Issues

Day 9

Wilderness Drug and First Aid Kits, Written and Practical Exams, Closing Ceremony.

Price: $650-700.00

Requirements:

No previous experience is required.

Referral Program:

For each person you refer receive a 5% discount on your trip booking. Discounts are applied after trip application and deposit are received by the referred. Referrals will no longer be taken 30 days prior to trip departure.

Register:

Click here to contact Eden Guides about this class

Magnitude Level I

Grade I: EFFORTLESS - NO PRIOR SKILLS REQUIRED

ACTIVITY

1 hour or Less

DISTANCES

Walk less than 2 miles

TERRAIN

Flat terrain, easy trails

Price: $650-700.00

Requirements:

No previous experience is required.

Referral Program:

For each person you refer receive a 5% discount on your trip booking. Discounts are applied after trip application and deposit are received by the referred. Referrals will no longer be taken 30 days prior to trip departure.

Register:

Click here to contact Eden Guides about this class

What To Bring

We will try to be outdoors as much as possible, regardless of the weather. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and to be comfortable both in and outdoors at any time during your course.

Footwear

  • Light hiking boots: (1) pair of sturdy hiking boots. Boots should be very water repellent.
  • Wool or synthetic socks: (3-6) pair light wool or synthetic hiking socks.

Clothing

  • Lightweight underwear: (3-6) pair, tops & bottoms.
  • Light trekking pants: (3-4) pair.
  • T-shirts
  • Bandana
  • Hard shell jacket w/ hood: Waterproof, breathable. Goretex is best.
  • Hard shell pants: Waterproof, breathable.

Headwear

    • Headlamp/flashlight: Spare bulbs and batteries. A good quality headlamp or flashlight. For use at night in tents. Bring extra batteries!
    • Sun hat
    • Sunglasses

Personal Equipment

      • Backpack: A day pack big enough to carry required items below. 2,500-3,000in. max.
      • Water Bottles: (2) Wide mouth bottles with minimum 1 liter capacity per bottle.
      • Sunscreen: SPF 30 or better, (1) small tube.
      • Lipscreen: SPF 30 or better, (1) stick.
      • Cat hole Trowel
      • MP3 player: Optional
      • Camera and accessories. Bring extra batteries.

Travelling

      • Large duffle bag: (1).
      • Plastic bags: (2) Trash compactor bags work best.
      • Ziplock bags: (3-4) Gallon size.
      • Toiletry bag: Include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, Wet-wipes and hand sanitizer.
      • Shorts
      • Insect Repellent

Required

(These items should be packed and ready to go for mock rescues throughout class times, and at any moment.)

      • Day pack or similar size pack, lined and waterproof, filled with:
      • A watch: Preferably with a sweeping second hand, but digital is adequate.
      • Water bottles: (2)
      • Backcountry clothing: Appropriate to season and climate,(think layers and staying dry)
      • Set of clothing. (1) (shirt and pants) that can be completely destroyed with stage makeup
      • Warm hat/toboggan
      • Gloves
      • Rain gear: Including rain pants
      • Synthetic tops and bottoms: Long underwear
      • Hiking boots / hiking socks
      • Synthetic jacket/top: (Polartec or comparable, wool OK)
      • Head lamp/flashlight
      • Notebook/writing utensils
      • Camp chair
      • Ensolite pad: Thermarest, or similar
      • Bandanas
      • P-cord: Ties, straps, or anything else that can be used for attachment (the more the better)

In addition: If you participate in gear intensive activities (paddling, climbing, etc.) feel free to bring your gear / what you would normally have with you. The more you practice with what you would actually have on hand, the better your patient care in an actual emergency.

Optional: (Consider acquiring these items over time.)

      • Bivy kit
      • Stuff sack containing: Warm hat, additional (2) garbage bags, whistle, plumber's candles/candle lantern, lighter/waterproof matches, metal water cup, 60' p-cord/nylon cordage, 10'x10' plastic sheeting, compass, extra wool socks

Price: $650-700.00

Requirements:

No previous experience is required.

Referral Program:

For each person you refer receive a 5% discount on your trip booking. Discounts are applied after trip application and deposit are received by the referred. Referrals will no longer be taken 30 days prior to trip departure.

Register:

Click here to contact Eden Guides about this class

What's Included

  • Course Tuition
  • Park fees and permits
  • Textbooks
  • Professional Certified Instructors
  • Eden Guides care package

Not Included

  • Personal gear
  • Bottled drinks
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from course location
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Accommodations/Lodging
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays/changes beyond the control of Eden Guides
  • Instructor tips and gratuities (Typically 15% of total course cost)

Meals

Meals will not be covered in the course fee. The classroom is equipped with a kitchen facility and is available to students. There are many restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive of the course location.

Price: $650-700.00

Requirements:

No previous experience is required.

Referral Program:

For each person you refer receive a 5% discount on your trip booking. Discounts are applied after trip application and deposit are received by the referred. Referrals will no longer be taken 30 days prior to trip departure.

Register:

Click here to contact Eden Guides about this class