New Certification: Wilderness First Aid

Example of a practice station
Example of one of our Simulation Exercises

CDS Outdoor School regularly offers a Wilderness First Aid course, and I completed this last month. The course is recognized by the PA Department of Health, NY Guides Association, and several other organizations.  The 3-year certification helped me learn the basics of Patient Assessment, Patient Protection, Wound Care, Orthopedic Injuries, Animal and Insect Bites, Environmental Injuries (heat and cold injuries), and Personal Protection. All practice simulations assumed that we would have only minimal resources in the wilderness, of course! The certification course was extremely useful and it was also gratifying to develop a connection to the incredible Search and Rescue and Wilderness Medicine resources in this area. I am looking forward to my Observer Shifts in the near future: one in an ambulance and another on a rescue helicopter!

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