LENGTH OF COURSE STUDY

8 days

COURSE HOURS

80 hours

COURSE CREDENTIAL

Wilderness First Responder Certification

Certification accredited by PTIB

Certification of BLS/HPL CPR

 

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The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders.

The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence based research and review contributes to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.

  • The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, Basic Life Support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
  • Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
  • Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
  • Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
  • Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
  • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
  • WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, BLS/HPL CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.

SINGLE COURSE COSTS

(for non Bike Guide Training Program Students)

Course Tuition Fee $975 CAD
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The individual interested in backcountry or wilderness activities and first aid requirements in remote areas. Additionally, employees of adventure based companies or guides that are required to have the 80hrs WFR course.

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

No previous experience required.

One of the best courses of its sort, a comprehensive Wilderness First Responder course (80 hrs) teaches students patient management for extended time periods when medical assistance is out of reach and includes essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.

  • The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management.
  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, Basic Life Support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma.
  • Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.
  • Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
  • Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries overuse syndromes, and dislocations.
  • Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
  • Practical skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation.
  • WMA International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, BLS/HPL CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook;
  • Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
  • SOAP Notebook
  • Detect and assess risks commonly associated with backcountry travel
  • Recognize signs and symptoms for common backcountry injuries and illnesses
  • Administer appropriate medical care with equipment available for common injuries and illnesses
  • Demonstrate appropriate treatment and evacuation procedures for patients in isolated areas
  • Differentiate between various medical illnesses and injuries that may occur with backcountry travel
  • Develop treatment plans for injuries and illnesses covered in course materials and scenarios presented in class
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using, non-conventional equipment for packaging and transporting patients

To correctly assess, analyze and be able to act on a variety of medical situations with limited and often unconventional equipment and resources often in backcountry environment.

Evaluation

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Official Wilderness First Responder 80hrs Certification by Wilderness Medical Associates International.

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