Wilderness First Aid April 2019



We had a class of 35 students. There were 2 instructors with a 3rd instructor being monitored. We split the class in 2 groups so my class was comprised of #Scouts and Scout Leaders, they were eager students so the course went swimmingly.


Two full days of practicing skills outside and having some fun while at it.


All participants had to have taken a Standard First Aid class so the basic skills had been learned. This class was to further apply those skills in a #wilderness setting plus learning new ones.


Take some time to learn first aid and CPR. It saves lives, and it works. - Bobby Sherman

Saturday we had a quick review of the following topics then it was off to practice at LaSalle Park in #Burlington.


  • Wilderness and trip planning

  • Emergency Scene Management (Form to stick to your water bottle)

  • Airway & Breathing Emergencies

  • Circulatory Emerencies

  • Wounds

  • Medical Emergencies

  • Bone and Joint Injuries

  • Environmental Injuries

  • Poison Bites and Stings

  • Secondary Survey

  • Multiple Casualty Management

  • Eye Injuries

  • Burns

We did so well that day that I began to include some Day 2 subjects as well. Here are some pictures of Day 1. Thank goodness it was sunny and warm because...



Day 2 was wet, not torrential downpour wet but all day drizzly wet. I arrived at the park to set up tarps at 7:30am, some students arrived with their huge tent at 8:30 and class began at 9am. Did I mention the other group decided to do their course in the comfort of the classroom while our group were outside all day? That's because our group ROCKED!


Day 2 topics covered the following topics:


  • Wound care

  • Bone and Joint Injuries

  • Head and Spinal Injuries

  • Extended Care

  • Evacuating Casualties

  • Communication

  • Psychology of Survival

  • Dental Emergencies

  • Aquatic Emergencies

  • Altitude Sickness

  • Critical Incident Stress

Since we couldn't actually transport casualties for liability purposes we used balanced Nalgene bottles on a couple of 2 x 4 to represent a person. Participants were asked to transport over uneven ground and go over an obstacle without dropping the bottles...urm casualty.



The second time's the charm!


Here are some pictures of Day 2. Please note the improvised diaper!





 

Sources:


Emergency Scene Management Cheat Sheet for your water bottle.


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