Recreation, Parks and Tourism 460

RCPT 460: Wilderness First Responder

Prerequisites:  Major in RCPT or OURL minor
Credit Hours: (4)

This certification course is designed to train students in wilderness medicine and evacuation techniques in remote backcountry areas. The course covers emergency medical procedures in wilderness settings and provides fundamental instruction in basic search and rescue techniques. The course will be experientially based, will includes case studies of actual emergency situations that have occurred in remote wilderness areas and prepares students for a certification exam. 


Detailed Description of Course

The Role of the Wilderness First Responder
• Wilderness Emergency Care vs. Urban Emergency Care

Medicolegal Issues
• Bloodborne Pathogens and Infectious Disease
• Vaccinations
• Body Systems Overview
Patient Assessment System
• Vital Signs
• Patient Exam
• Patient Interviewing
• SOAPNote: How to document injuries
• Lifting and Moving Principles
• Backcountry Essentials
CPR/AED Adults and Pediatrics
• CPR in the backcountry

Musculoskeletal Injuries
• Soft Tissue Injuries
• Bone, Joint & Muscle Injuries
• Head Injuries
• Spinal Injuries        
• Litter Packaging
• Abdominal Injuries
Medical Emergencies
• Central Nervous System
• Diabetes
• Respiratory System
• Cardiovascular System
• Poisoning
Environmental Emergencies
• Hypothermia
• Frostbite
• Heat Illness
• Lightning
• Drowning
• Allergic Reactions
• Bites and Stings
• Altitude Illness (video)
Other Topics
• Shock    
• Genitourinary Problems
• Long-Term and Group Considerations
• Wilderness Leadership Skills
• Bivouac
• Water Disinfection
• Personal First Aid, Bivy and Dental Aid Kit
• Common Expedition Problems
• Survival/First Aid Kits
• Search and Rescue Techniques
• Semi-Technical Rescues

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course uses curriculum designed by SOLO, Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities of long-term care, improvised resources and varying environmental conditions as the framework for learning.
Instructional strategies will include a variety of techniques.  This includes role-playing/simulation, cooperative/group learning, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, lecture, hands-on practice, a final exam, quizzes and the development of a training video.

Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will be able to:

1. Describe the difference between wilderness medicine and urban medicine.
2. Perform CPR and earn CPR certification.
3. Recognize and treat trauma, medical and environmental emergencies.
4. Provide long-term patient care in the backcountry.
5. Identify a logical progression for assessing patients in backcountry settings.
6. Demonstrate skills in backcountry search and rescue and evacuation techniques.
7. Earn a nationally recognized certification in wilderness medicine.  

Assessment Measures

Assessment measures will include SOAPNotes—mock scenarios that must be assessed and compiled into a comprehensive SOAPNote (Goal 3, 4, 5, 6), quizzes (Goal 1, 3, 4, 5, 6), written exam (Goal 1, 3, 4, 5, 7) and practical exam (Goal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Other Course Information

Review and Approval

March 28, 2012

June 20, 2015