WMC Course Curriculum

Advanced Wilderness First Aid AWFA

(40 hours, 4 days plus pre-course reading material and in-course assignments)

rescue helicopterThis course is perfect for those who travel to areas where hospital care is not easily accessible. Students will learn how to implement long-term care and stabilize patients until rescue is available or additional help arrives. Medical techniques covered include but are not limited to anaphylaxis, wound management, patient assessment and spine clearing exam. We offer FULL certification in CPR (C) with AED as part of this course.

This course usually runs over 5 days and there is a short exam at the end of the course. There is a BRIDGE course that is available to take after the AWFA should you wish to upgrade your AWFA to Wilderness First Responder.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Scene survey
  • Documentation/recording
  • Basic and Advanced Life Support
  • (A) Airway and C-Spine (basic airway techniques, protecting the airway, clearing the spine, spine boards)
  • (B) Breathing (assessment, artificial breathing, use of oxygen)
  • (C) Circulation (assessing, shock, fainting, managing bleeding, nosebleeds)
  • (D) Disability (CNS/Head & eye injuries)
  • Facial trauma & dental injuries
  • Chest, Abdominal & Pelvic Trauma
  • Extremity Injuries and Treatment (fractures, sprains, strains, dislocations, splints, dressings, wound care)
  • Wounds – bleeding, dressing and bandages
  • Hypothermia, frost nip, frost bite
  • Hyperthermia & dehydration
  • Immersion foot (Trench foot)
  • Lightning injuries
  • Burns
  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
  • Nature-fauna (insect stings, spider bites, snake bites, ticks)
  • Nature-flora (poison ivy and poison oak)
  • Drowning and Near-drowning
  • Avalanche injuries
  • Carbon monoxide inhalation
  • Altitude illness
  • Medical Illnesses (seizure, stroke, cardiac arrest, angina, asthma, respiratory infections, diabetes, acute abdomen & gastroenteritis, genitourinary, pregnancy issues, water disinfection)
  • Communication devices (advantages/disadvantages)
  • After Care
  • First aid kits
  • Legal considerations
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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