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First-Aid in the Wild

Posted by Kurt R Howland on August 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM

You say to yourself, I'm CPR and Basic First-Aid certified so I figure I'm ready to tackle the wilds... WRONG!!!  Basic First-Aid is not the same as Wilderness First-Aid, It's not even close.


WFA is a two day course that includes much more than just stopping bleeding and making the victim comfortable until the Medics get there.  In a wilderness situation help is generally not close by, and you need to be trained to give more than basic care.


You may have to move the victim for miles to get them to an access point for a rescue.  They may have injuries that have to be closed before they can make that move.  They may have fractures that must be immobilized  before transport.


The worst thing you can do is over estimate your capibilities.  Basic First-Aid is meant for the home and business setting, not the mountains of Colorado or the swamps of Florida.


Having the right training for the situation is a neccessity to survive in the wilds.


Kurt out



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Reply Merc
9:51 PM on February 6, 2011 
wow that is so true! thats why I learn every day. no matter what it is...