Wilderness First Aid

With 19 years as a Search and Rescue Technician, yes Dave MacDonald has experience with Wilderness First Aid. With assistance from other instructors, Dave provides real-world scenarios to develop your First Aid skills, not in the classroom, but in the bush where life gets tough. From kissing a boo-boo to overnight critical patient care and evacuation, First Aid is an important skill to have.

The most commonly requested courses are described below, however, we can provide all of the following courses:

  • Red Cross (meets Provincial Workplace requirements):
    • Emergency First Aid & CPR (1 day)
    • Standard First Aid & CPR (2 days)
  • Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA):
    • Wilderness First Aid (WFA) - 2 days
    • Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) - 4 days
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) - various formats

WMA courses cover advanced strategies for providing extended care (more than 40 hours) in all environmental conditions. The course is taught in an outdoor setting with realistic outdoor injuries as the main focus of the training. We go beyond the curriculum by including an overnight patient care scenario for realism and add additional emphasis on casualty extrication methods.

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Standard First Aid & CPR (Red Cross)

Fulfills Workplace First Aid requirements.

Prerequisites: nil

Duration: 2 days

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:12

Cost with a minimum of 6 persons:

$100 per person + tax   at our location (Lac du Bonnet, MB)

$120 per person + tax   at your location

Dates: contact us to book your course now!

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is a course for those who work, explore, or play in isolated or wilderness settings.

From the WMA Website: "Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment."

At ICSOS, we go beyond WMA's curriculum by including an overnight patient care scenario for realism and add additional emphasis on casualty extrication methods.

As part of the course content, participants will receive the following material (to keep):

  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes
  • The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Book
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • SOAP Notebook

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • Systems-based Critical Thinking
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Basic Life Support
  • Nervous System
  • Spine Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Thermoregulation
  • Bites and Stings
  • Lightning
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Lifts, Moves, and Extrications
  • Medical and Legal Issues

Prerequisites:

  • Standard First Aid highly recommended
  • Must be 16 years old for certification

Duration: 4 full days, 1 night (3rd night)

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:12 (we aim for 1:8)

Cost: $500 per person + tax

Dates: check the homepage or contact us for private courses

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Wilderness First Responder (WFR)

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Wilderness First Responder is the definitive wilderness course in first aid & medical training, including leadership & critical thinking for professional and volunteer leaders (and enthusiasts) in outdoor, low-resource, and remote settings. This is the industry standard for wilderness and remote first aid training.

From the WMA Website: "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.          The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written in-house by a team of remote medical rescue researchers and professionals. Ongoing evidence based research and review contributes 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."

At ICSOS, we go beyond WMA's curriculum by including an overnight patient care scenario for realism and add additional emphasis on casualty extrication methods.

As part of the course content, participants will receive the following material (to keep):

  • Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook
  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • SOAP Notebook

Syllabus (includes but not limited to)

  • 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, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis and asthma.

Prerequisites:

  • Standard First Aid highly recommended
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid required for 4 day Bridge Course
  • Must be 16 years old for certification

Duration: 3 options:

  • 4 day "Bridge Course"
  • 5 day Blended Learning Course (with significant pre-course study package)
  • 8 day Full "Zero-to-Hero" Course

Maximum Instructor to Participant Ratio: 1:12 (we aim for 1:8)

Cost & Dates: depends on course format, check the homepage for dates and contact us for more information or private courses