Wilderness Advanced First Aid

ROUND-WFRThis 36-40 hour class is offers a more thorough discussion of a larger variety of topics and more hands-on practice for students than a typical wilderness first aid class. Normally taught over three full days, this course follows the recommended curriculum set forth by the Wilderness Medical Society, and has additional topics added to it which CWS feels are important, such as group leadership and communication.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) combines lecture with skills practice and role-playing to teach the response to various medical and trauma situations in locations 60 minutes more from definitive care. Time is the critical element distinguishing wilderness first aid from standard first aid. Students will learn to prioritize care, treat injuries, and create an evacuation plan.

When help could be an hour or even days away, separated from you by long hikes, long rivers, or miles of asphalt, the task of managing the injured and the ill will require the skills you will learn in this course. Conditions may be harsh, and the equipment needed for treatment and evacuation may have to be improvised. All these things are part of the world of WAFA.



Topics Covered

Introduction Patient Care Documentation
What is Wilderness First Aid Orthopedic Injuries
Wilderness First Aid Kits Treatment Principals & Techniques
OTC Medications Chest Injuries
Patient Assessment System Allergies & Anaphylaxis
Vital Signs Epinephrine Auto-Injectors
Practice Scenarios Backcountry & Sudden Illnesses
Shock & ASR Heat-Related Illnesses
CPR in Remote Settings Cold-Related Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries Lightning Safety
Suspected Spinal Injuries Altitude Illnesses
Anatomy of the Spine Bites & Stings
Case Studies Snakebites
Soft Tissue Injuries Tick Safety
Burns & Blisters Submersion Emergencies



General Course Information

Course Length:
36-40 hours of instruction
Hours incorporate lecture, hands-on scenarios, skills practice & activities.
Base Tuition:
Actual course tuition may vary depending on course location, logistics and options.
Wilderness Advanced First Aid  (valid 2 years)
  Be at least 16 years of age.*
*The minimum age requirement to take Wilderness Advanced First Aid is 16 by the last day of the course, however younger participants may be allowed to take the course on a case-by-case basis.
  Hold current certification in Adult CPR/AED.**
**Adult CPR/AED certification must be from one of the following nationally-recognized ECC accredited organizations: American Red Cross, American Heart Association, ASHI, or ECSI. Online-only certifications are NOT accepted.

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If your organization, troop, or crew is interested in learning more about sponsoring a Wilderness Advanced First Aid course at your location, contact our admissions office at toll free (855) 505-1700.

In order to host this course at your location, a minimum of 8-12 participants is required. The maximum may depend on location, typically ranging from 18-30.    LEARN MORE (+)


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