Wilderness first responder course offered

Posted: Friday, November 26, 2004

Deborah Ajango is sponsoring an intensive backcountry medical training course in Anchorage from Jan. 28 through Feb. 6, 2005. This 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder course will enable students to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles away from help and dialing 911 is not an option. This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and those who spend time in remote areas. Graduates will receive WFR certification by Wilderness Medical Associates, valid for three years, as well as BLS level CPR and anaphylaxis certification.

Wilderness medicine differs from traditional first aid in three respects. First, transport times are measured in hours and days rather than minutes, so many phases of patient care that usually take place in a hospital must be carried out in the field. Second, severe environments dramatically increase the complexity of any emergency and heighten risk to patient and rescuers alike. Third, limited equipment makes improvisation and resourcefulness essential skills. Professional instructors from Wilderness Medical Associates, leaders in backcountry and rescue medical training will address these issues and more.

Classes are fast-paced with an emphasis on practical skills. Mornings are devoted to lectures while afternoon and evenings are spent outside working on everything from litter construction to full-scale rescue simulation. Realistic simulations, complete with fake wounds and stage blood, will be conducted.

Call Deb at (907) 258-3171 or e-mail deb@awrta.org for location and registration information. For course descriptions and future offerings, call toll-free (888) WILDMED or log on to www.wildmed.com.

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