Wilderness First Responder (WFR) at Washington College
Date: 8:00am EDT July 21 - 4:00pm July 27
The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.
Administered by Wilderness Medical Associates and hosted by Washington College, the Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence-based research and review contribute to a unique and innovative approach to patient care in backcountry and austere settings. The curriculum is comprehensive, complete, and kept current on an annual basis. This is the most current and cutting edge course of any first response medical training (urban or remote) in the world.
- 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 International Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, BLS/HPL CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.
This course has several formats including the traditional eight-day and offerings over 7 and 5 days. Each includes a minimum of 70 hours (80 hours in Canada) of preparation, didactic, and practical time. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of BLS/HPL CPR. Certifications are valid for three years. The course is registered for 70 hours of continuing education credit through the CAPCE.