Last weekend I took the opportunity to attend the 16 hour Wilderness First Aid course at the Center for Wilderness Safety. It was an incredible course that I highly recommend for anyone that hikes or plays outdoors. You will not be disappointed. The instructor, Clifton Castleman is awesome. The training materials to include the Wilderness Medicine manual are amazing resources. Some of the topics covered were,
- Intro to Wilderness Medicine
- The Patient Assessment System (my favor part)
- Respiratory Emergencies
- Chest Injuries
- Traumatic Brian Injuries
- Suspected Spinal Injuries
- Abdominal Trauma
- Bites, Stings, Snakes Bears and many, many other outdoor related topics.
The hands-on exercises were extremely helpful in learning the lessons and although there was some PowerPoint presentations, we spent at least 60% of the time outdoors working in groups on scenarios.
It was an incredible experience and I certainly plan on attending many more classes at the Center of Wilderness Safety. BTW! You might even see me teaching there in the future. LOL!