Wilderness First Aid

None of us go to the backcountry expecting an emergency, but things do happen. Most can be prevented, but when something does happen, it is important to understand basic priorities. Many people are ill-prepared to provide care for themselves or others. This is not a skills course per say, but we will discuss trip planning for accident prevention, backcountry medical priorities, building and maintaining a proper medical kit, and share a few good trauma stories. Course objective: differentiate between wilderness and urban emergency care; become familiar with the patient assessment system – primary and secondary surveys; understand the signs, symptoms and treatment for shock; treatment and care concerns of soft tissue injuries specifically; cuts, scrapes, lacerations, punctures, avulsions, blisters and burns; become familiar with the signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal injuries specifically sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations; care concerns for patients with environmental emergencies such as hypothermia, hyperthermia, bites, stings and lightning; recognize and treat anaphylaxis reactions; understand the signs, symptoms and treatment for patients with potential spinal injuries.

Douglas Wagoner is founder and lead facilitator at ENERTIA OUTDOORS LTD (formally Green Earth Outdoors ), an outdoor school, trail foods manufacturer, and online outdoor retailer, based in the Midwest. A professional guide and outdoor educator since 1991, he is a welltraveled and seasoned adventurer whose has a deep passion for sharing the outdoors with others. He is a Wilderness EMT, an instructor for SOLO Wilderness Medicine School, a Leave No Trace Master Educator, ACA Canoe Instructor and enjoys teaching a variety of other outdoor skill courses from backpacking to wilderness survival.

Survival Priorities Handout

Med Kit Handout