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Wilderness First Responder

Summary: Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. This course is offered in several formats.

Class Format: The Wilderness First Responder course is presented in 70 hours and offered in several formats. The five-day format includes approximately 25 hours of pre-course study and testing. The course sponsor may modify any of these formats to include a day off, extending the total duration of the program. Typically, half of your day will be devoted to classroom lecture and discussion with half outdoors for practical skills training and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. You should expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

Textbooks: All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes the WMA textbook, case studies workbook, field guide, lecture notes, and handouts. Completion and Grades: Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

Certification: All eligible students who complete this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates' Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification. These certifications remain valid for three years. This certification can be used to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam, which is at the discretion of the local or state EMS authorities.

Recertification: Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course, but no later than the last day of the month in which your original certificate expires. Recertification options include the 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course, the 36-hour Bridge Course, or the 24-hour Open Recertification Course

Prerequisites: Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian. Certain course sponsors, including those offering the five-day format, may set a higher minimum age or establish other requirements consistent with their program. No previous medical training is required.

WFR Course Content

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 Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and Anaphylaxis and Asthma.

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