Wilderness First Aid
The only Wilderness First Aid course that meets the specific needs of industry, technical, research, and field support employees in remote areas.
The 24-hour Wilderness First Aid for Field Services course provides first
aid for industrial, technical, and field support staff in remote areas.
Although the fundamental medical portion of this course is similar to those
in a WMA International Wilderness First Aid course, the applied context is
The primary demographic includes workers involved in activities such as
mining, forestry, oil drilling, construction, and scientific data collection
in the field. The teaching focus is on medical conditions and response that
will be relevant to this group. Each group will be slightly different but
generally there will be a greater emphasis on the following topics:
- CPR - Practice and understanding. Students should understand what
the usefulness and benefits and limitation of CPR in both front country and
- Cardiac-related diseases - While cardiac-related diseases are often
thought of as an urban based problem, additional critical thinking is
required to manage the treatment and evacuation of patients in remote and
low resource settings.
- Lifting Moving Extrication (LME) - Successful moving and extrication
of patients with focus on remote industrial contexts including confined
spaces (such as mines, structures, construction areas) and vehicles.
Appropriate practice time in extrication is included.
- Spine boarding - If students have access to spine boards at their
workplace then a commercial (non-improvised) method of spine stabilization
is practiced including the management of longer transports. . Improvised
boarding is taught if relevant to the group.
- Splinting - Improvised splinting materials may be quite diverse and
specific to worksites, therefore learning and practice focuses on concepts
and comfort of stabilization rather than specific techniques.
- Use of other rescue equipment - Different worksites have access to
other rescue equipment such as KEDs, traction splints, and rescue baskets.
If it is directly relevant to patient care, these products will be included
in scenarios and discussions including their uses and limitations in the
- SOAP notes - Communication of patient injuries are covered at our
highest level including the concept of "radio" SOAP.
- Med/legal - Good Samaritan versus Duty to Act is covered. Relevant
workplace safety regulations in most regions also require students to know
first aid kit content and location requirements.
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