Friday, May 28, 2010

Wilderness First Aid Courses at REI Stores

Last week REI announced that they will be offering Wilderness First Aid courses at their stores across the country. The courses are made possible through a collaboration with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) and its Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), a nonprofit organization that has defined the standards of wilderness medicine training for nearly two decades. The Wilderness First Aid courses will be led by WMI instructors and REI Outdoor School instructors that have been qualified by WMI.

Beginning in June, the two-day Wilderness First Aid courses (see outline) will teach participants the wilderness medicine skills needed to recreate with confidence in the backcountry. Courses include basics from patient assessment to traumatic, medical and environmental emergencies.

Participants will also learn and practice how to respond to a wide variety of incidents to help prepare them to act in case of an accident outdoors. Wilderness First Aid courses are $200 for REI members and $220 for non-members, and include books for each participant.

Through both classroom presentations and hands-on practice scenarios, participants will learn:

• How to prepare for and administer first aid in a wilderness context

• The Patient Assessment System which includes patient exams, vital signs, history and documentation

• How to handle common medical issues such as hypothermia and athletic injuries

• How to address major trauma such as spinal cord and head injuries, and shock and wound management

For more information on locations and schedules, please click here.

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