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Wilderness First Aid - not just for the wilderness

Traditionally, we think of Wilderness First Aid as something we need to know for, well - the "Wilderness". But the skills and information learned during CPR Seattle's ASHI Wilderness First Aid class can be used in a variety of situations - while sailing or boating, during natural disasters, on guided tours, and even in summer camps. The common factor to these situations is that of not having immediate access to professional rescuers/first responders, as one would in an urban/suburban environment. Having the knowledge obtained in the Wilderness First Aid class will help you to feel more prepared and able to deal with a wide varity of situations.

Speaking of summer camps, the ASHI Wilderness First Aid program has recently been approved by the American Camp Association as qualifying for its accreditation standards in emergency care training (defined as locations where emergency services are more than 30 minutes away). The 16-hour course also meets or exceeds the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines.

Considerations for summer camp staff might involve:

  • the need to evacuate or transport a wounded person 
  • exposure to the elements (especially heat exposure)
  • emergencies not usually dealt with in an urban environment (snake bites/animal encounters)
  • limited medical supplies (no pharmacies in the woods)

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, "more than 140 million Americans make outdoor recreation a priority in their daily lives, proving it with their wallets by putting $646 billion of their hard-earned dollars right back into the economy. Even better, this spending directly results in highly sought-after jobs for 6.1 million Americans." If you are one of the 6.1 million, then Wilderness First Aid training is a must  - for you, and for your clients and customers.

Participants get lots of hands-on practice, and our instructors have decades of real-world experience to share with their students.

Topics covered in the Wilderness First Aid course include:

  • In-depth Patient Assessment
  • Caring for Injuries
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Biological Hazards
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Evacuation and Survival

For more information and our current schedule, please go to https://www.cprseattle.com/wilderness-first-aid. If you don't see a class that works for your schedule, please check back frequently, as we are always adding new sessions. Private Wilderness First Aid training is available for your hiking group, your tour company employees, and pretty much anyone - ask us about scheduling options and pricing.


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Published on May 6, 2019