Wilderness First Aid (Damascus, VA) Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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Are you prepared for the unexpected in the outdoors?
If you are one of the many active people who hike, bike, camp, fish, ski, hunt, raft, climb, or pursue other outdoor adventures but don't have medical training, our wilderness medicine courses can help! We cater to all outdoor enthusiasts from weekend warriors to professional athletes and guides.
The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is designed to meet the needs of groups of people that may not be able to commit to the length of the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course but still are interested in learning about wilderness emergencies.
After taking this course you will be familiar with some of the most common backcountry problems. You’ll have some limited practice in evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings. You’ll start to get a feel for what situations require medical assistance.
The length of instruction is approximately 2 full days.
Courses are held in Damascus Virginia at the new Appalachian Trail Conservancy building.
The cost is $200.00 per person.
SAMPLE WFA SYLLABUS:
Topics covered include, but are not limited to:
- Patient Assessment Scene Size-up, Primary Survey, Secondary Survey
- Bleeding and Shock
- Abdominal and Chest Injuries
- Wound and Burn Management (bandaging)
- Fractures & Dislocations, Improvised Splinting
- Head and Spine Injuries, Spinal Immobilization
- Near Drowning
- Lightning Injuries and Prevention
- Heat-Related Illness
- Medical Problems in the Wilderness
- Bites and Stings
- Hypothermia & Cold-Related Illness/Injury (Frostbite, etc.)
- Evacuation Guidelines
- Water Disinfection and Hydration
- Improvised Litters & Carries
***Multiple practice workshops and scenarios are also included in the curriculum. These hands-on workshops are often done while on small hikes as a class to get more realistic practice. Most of our practice scenarios are based on real-life incidents that our instructors have managed as professional rescuers or encountered in their own backcountry adventures.