Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
Our next WFA class will take place in January 2016.
Registration is now open: click here to register. (Note: you will not be contacted about the course until after registration closes in December 2015.)
About WFA: WFA is designed specifically for groups and their leaders. This 16-hour program covers topics ranging from preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment. The WFA can also be taken to re-certify those currently holding a WFR certification. Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The emphasis is always on hands-on experience. Scenarios are an important part of this training.
Cost: $150 ($95 non-refundable deposit required) per person
WFA will count as the WFR Recert, however if costs $20 more.
ORG Funding is available for recognized MU student groups.
Note: Venture Out does not provide lodging or transportation for any of these courses. However, the Comfort Suites in Columbia, MO has provided us with a discounted rate of $67 per night. To book this rate contact them at 573-443-0055 and tell them you are coming for the WFR or WFA course.
Outline of what WFA covers:
- The Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
- Universal Precautions
- Patient Assessment System
- Rescue Plan
- Patient Lifting & Moving Techniques
- I. Response and Assessment
II. Orthopedics: Trauma – Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
- Sprains and Strains
- Principles of Fracture Care
- Spinal Cord Injury Management
III. Environmental Emergencies & Survival Skills
- The Human Animal
- Cold Related Injuries
- Heat Related Injuries
- Backcountry Essentials
IV. Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies
- Trauma – Soft Tissue Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries & Wound Management
- Bandaging Skills
- Medical Emergencies & Critical Care
- Change in Level of Consciousness
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain