Wilderness First Responder (Recert)

This course is designed as a review and re-certification for the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.

About the Event

Course Structure

This course is designed to review the basics of WFR-level wilderness emergency medicine by combining both hands on learning and classroom instruction/discussion.

This review and re-certification course... See more will be largely discussion based and accommodating to your questions and areas of weakness. Please come to class ready to ask questions based on your prior experiences.

Classroom instruction/discussion will be followed by scenarios conducted outside the classroom as a means of reviewing your technical "hands-on" WFR skills.

WFR Curriculum

The curriculum uses the principles of long-term care, improvised resources and varying environmental conditions as the framework for learning. The course was created to provide outdoor leaders and adventurers with the knowledge and skills needed to deal with emergencies in remote settings. The course takes an in-depth look at the underlying physiology of common and uncommon emergencies that might be encountered in the wilderness context. It goes well beyond most first aid courses, particularly those that are oriented to “urban/street medicine.”

The primary components of the course include personal/group safety & hygiene, backcountry survival, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, documentation, trauma medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, long-term care, teamwork, organizing/improvising rescues, decision-making, leadership, judgment and prevention.

Objectives: Students should... 
- Understand anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology at the WFR level of training. 
- Become competent in personal preparation, safety, and hygiene in the outdoor adventuring context. 
- Become competent and skilled in the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness medical emergencies. 
- Understand the role and limitations of wilderness first responders in pre-hospital emergency care. 
- Understand the medicolegal issues involved in wilderness medical care. 
- Become competent in wilderness survival/bivouac techniques. 
- Become competent in improvising/organizing/implementing a rescue. 
- Develop the competence and confidence necessary to function as an effective outdoor leader in the areas of group safety and management, medical care and basic rescue techniques. 
- Understand that the WFR course prepares students for many aspects of outdoor leadership, but is not a substitute for experience in outdoor leadership and adventuring, foreign travel, technical equipment & environments, clinical patient care, EMS/Rescue and the use of good judgment.

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