Who: For adults and focused youths ages 12+ with solid attention spans – know your young adults are safe!Open to the general public. Instructor: Matthew Rosefsky, Wilderness EMTWhat: Hands-on learn how to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital hand-off, resulting in the SOLO WFA 2-year certification, approved by the BSA and ACA.
Why: Mired in a disaster zone, rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point … accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience – a most powerful learning tool – during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. Duration: 8:30am – 6:30pm both days; you come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence.Topics: Beyond the ‘golden hour’: wilderness/disaster injury challenges and long-term patient care Patient Assessment System: thorough patient exam, treatment, monitoring, safety, & documentation Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, and Brain Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputations, Punctures, Impalements, Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain and Heart Patient movement: clearing a spine for movement; pre- and post-evacuation treatmentCost: $175 (advance registration online required) for the 2-day WFA*Charity: BRMS will choose and donate to local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations 10% of course proceeds