Essentials of Wilderness First Aid

Quick and dirty course on the most common wilderness injuries!
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  • Lectures 27
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

This online wilderness first aid course will prepare you to effectively manage the most common injuries and illnesses that occur in the great outdoors. It has been designed for outdoorsmen and women who wish to better prepare themselves to deal with first aid incidents in the great outdoors.

Learn and Master the Essentials of Wilderness First Aid

Wound Care
Broken Bones
Sprains and Trains
Hypothermia and Heat Exhaustion
Medical Emergencies

Essential Topics Right at your Fingertips

Every weekend reports come in of hikers, fishermen, climbers, outdoors people of all kinds getting into trouble due to lack of basic first aid training. Small incidents can easily escalate into potentially life threatening situations should they not be dealt with swiftly and effectively.

I want to teach YOU the essentials of Wilderness First Aid, online, in the comfort of your own home. As an avid adventurer I understand that time is limited and you would rather spend you weekends out doing what you love! This course trims the fat, delivering exactly what you need to know to your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Course Overview

Each lecture has a video that cuts right to the chase, explaining in simple terms exactly what you need to know about the topic.

  • 24 Video Lectures + Additional YouTube Clips

The 24 video lectures cover the most commonly encountered injuries and illnesses that the outdoors person is apt to encounter while out doing what they love.

We will start with wound care, a seemingly simple topic with all too many misconceptions about what to use and how to do it. We will go over proper treatment for blisters, lacerations, abrasions and minor infections. You will finish this section knowing what should be in your first aid kit and how you should use it!

Once we have mastered the essentials of wound care we will move onto musculoskeletal injuries such as Sprains & strains, fractures, and dislocations. We will talk about how to effectively manage them in the field and show you some cool ways to splint using every day materials you would already have in your pack!

Preventing heat and cold related injuries is challenging enough when you don't have a broken leg, now imagine you are stuck outside dealing with trauma. Do you have enough in your pack to stay warm during an unexpected night out? Learn the essentials of frostbite, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and sun burn so that you can keep your core temperature right where it needs to be.

Lastly, we will talk about medical emergencies. Medical emergencies can happen anywhere. They can happen at your office in the city and they can happen in your tent, 20km from your car. Its important to be able to recognize and assist in the management of common medical conditions such as asthma, allergies and Anaphylaxis, diabetes, heart attack & Angina, stroke & TIAs.

What are the requirements?

  • No previous medical or first aid training is required to complete this course, it is an introductory crash course for any outdoor enthusiast with a keenness to learn!
  • Extra materials are available for download as PDFs, students should be able to download and open PDF resources on their computer (Preview, Acrobat, Chrome)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Assess and treat common soft tissue injuries such as blisters, lacerations, abrasions and infections.
  • Assess and manage musculoskeletal injuries such as sprains, strains, dislocations, and fractures.
  • Recognize and intervene on environmental injuries such as frostbite, hypothermia, sun burns, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Recognize and intervene on common medical conditions such as asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes, heart attack, angina, stroke and TIA.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for anyone that would like to expand or refresh their knowledge of wilderness first aid.
  • This course is NOT for anyone looking to become officially certified in first aid.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Wilderness First Aid
00:59

Welcome to the Essentials of Wilderness First Aid Course! This online course will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge to deal with the most common medical emergencies in the wilderness setting. I am so happy that you are here; you are taking a big step forward in being prepared for safe and fun adventures in the great outdoors!

While this course does not qualify for as an official workplace first aid course it will provide you with a wealth of information to keep you and those you love safe. For those of you who have had first aid training it will serve as a great refresher and if you have never taken wilderness first aid specifically then I am sure you will learn a thing or two that your regular first aid course didn't tell you!

12:17

A well stocked First Aid kit is an essential piece of gear for any outdoor adventure. It doesn't have to be big, it just needs to have the right things inside it and an operator that knows how to use it! This video will teach you exactly what I keep in my every day first aid kit.

Download the checklist for the kit described in the video using the Resources below and for additional checklists have a look at our website using the link.

Section 2: Soft Tissue Injuries: Blisters, Lacerations, Abrasions, and Skin Infections
03:30

Wound care is the most common first aid delivered in the backcountry. In the wound care section we will go over how to effectively deal with lacerations (cuts), abrasions (road rash), blisters, and minor infections.

As an intro to wound care we will discuss the basics of stopping bleeding and how to effectively clean wounds. Spoiler alert, you can throw out those alcohol wipes and hydrogen peroxide right now!

04:45

Blisters are a hikers nightmare and a downright nusance. They can turn any pleasurable walk in the wilderness into a total debacle. Here we will discuss the appropriate prevention strategies, how to identify and treat hot spots early, and what to do should those blisters actually creep up on us!

Blister Treatment - Moleskin
01:46
Blister Treatment - Second Skin
02:21
Blister Treatment - Glacier Gell
01:03
04:20

Cuts and scrapes are some of the most commonly encountered 'boo-boo's' in the wild. Treatment is easy and painless should the proper tools and techniques be used. Here we will discuss proper cleaning and dressing for both lacerations and abrasions.

02:00

So that burst blister is looking a little green is it? Not a big deal! Lets talk about what to do if we suspect infection.

Section 3: Musculoskeletal Injuries: Sprains, Strains, Dislocations, and Fractures
02:52

In this section we will discuss sprains and strains. A sprain is a partial or complete ligament tear where as a sprain is a tendon tear. Did that just get a little intense? Not to worry! The look the exact same and we treat them the exact same, find out how here.

01:13

This video demonstrates the correct way to wrap a wrist sprain or strain using Coban (Cohesive Bandage, Self-adherent wrap, or Vet Wrap). The same principles will apply if you are using a tensor bandage although Coban is the prefereed treatment.

Be sure to first check the distal circulation, compare the finger tips on both hands and check their capillary refill by giving them a squeeze and seeing how long it takes for circulation to return. You want to establish a baseline measure so you can monitor if it is getting better or worse with your treatment.

Upload a picture of your wrap in the comments section for feedback!

01:16

This video demonstrates the correct way to wrap a ankle sprain or strain using Coban (Cohesive Bandage, Self-adherent wrap, or Vet Wrap). The same principles will apply if you are using a tensor bandage although Coban is the preferred treatment.

Be sure to first check the distal circulation, compare the toes on both feet and check their capillary refill by giving them a squeeze and seeing how long it takes for circulation to return. You want to establish a baseline measure so you can monitor if it is getting better or worse with your treatment.

Upload a picture of your wrap in the comments section for feedback!

04:23

Fractures can happen any time and any place, some times in the most mundane of places like when you trip over a tree root in the last kilometer of the day (mile for you Americans!). Click play to learn the signs, symptoms, and treatment for common extremity fractures.

04:50

This video demonstrates a splint for a potential lower arm fracture.

Rule 1: Check circulation before starting to splint. You can check capillary refill or you can take the pulse, compare it to the non-broken hand.

Rule 2: Immobilize the structure about and below the break site. In this case the forearm (radius/ulna) is broken so we will need to immobilize the wrist and elbow.

Be sure sure to remove any constrictive clothing, watches, or jewellery before splinting and then to check circulation again once you have finished your splint and on an ongoing basis until you get to the hospital.

Upload a picture of your splint in the comments section for feedback!

06:03

This video demonstrates a splint for a potential lower leg fracture.

Rule 1: Check circulation before starting to splint. You can check capillary refill or you can take the pulse, compare it to the non-broken leg.

Rule 2: Immobilize the structure about and below the break site. In this care the lower leg (tibia) is broken so we will need to immobilize the ankle and knee.

Be sure sure to remove any constrictive clothing, or jewellery before splinting and then to check circulation again once you have finished your splint and on an ongoing basis until you get to the hospital.

Upload a picture of your splint in the comments section for feedback!

01:28

Dislocations are painful and can be debilitating. Lear the signs, symptoms, and how to manage them in order to get off the trail and to the hospital.

Section 4: Environmental Injuries
01:48

The environment is one of the biggest factors that differentiates urban from wilderness first aid. Wilderness first aid providers have a challenging task of keeping their patients warm and comfortable.

Conduction - heat transfer through contact. Example sitting on a cold rock.

Convection - heat transfer through air currents. Example hiking on a windy day.

Evaporation - heat transfer as moisture evaporates off your skin. Example your sweaty body gets extra chilly during lunch.

Radiation - heat that naturally moves from your warm body to the environment around you. Playing outside on a wold day with a t-shirt and no toque (Thats a hat for you Americans!)

06:11

Learn the three stages of hypothermia and what to do should you find yourself or another in a hypothermic state!

Frostbite
05:28
04:56

Heat exhaustion can happen any time of the year, especially in winter! The primary cause of heat exhaustion is actually dehydration, learn the signs and symptoms and what you need to do should you find your self a little on the warm side.

02:40

Sun burn is no joke. Prevention is key however at times it can be missed. Learn how to treat first and second degree sun burns in order to safely complete a trip.

Section 5: Medical Issues: Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes, Heart Attack and Stroke.
00:45

Medical emergencies can happen anywhere, at home, at work, or at play in the backcountry. Here are the most common conditions that you should be aware of as you head out to play with your friends and family.

Asthma
05:21
08:27

Allergies are certainly a pain but more importantly can be life threatening, especially when in the backcountry where help might be a couple of hours away at a minimum.

08:02

Diabetics walk a tightrope in their daily lives as they work to ensure that their insulin and glucose levels are kept in check. Watch the lecture to learn the role of insulin in out body and what happens without it so that you are ready to respond in a crisis.

07:07

A heart attack is a process by which a clot in one of the arteries feeding the heart has become blocked and tissue is now dying as it is deprived of oxygen. This can occur anywhere including in the backcountry and quick recognition, management with Aspirin and transport to the hospital can make the difference between life and death.


Check out the external links for a hand picked You Tube clip featuring Elizabeth Banks.

03:09

Stroke is a life threatening medical emergency that needs to be addressed in a timely matter. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke and getting that patient to the hospital as fast as possible can and will make the difference between life and death.

Watch the lecture and be sure to check out the external link to Victims perspective on You Tube

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Instructor Biography

Morgan Moe, Mountain Med Online

Morgan Moe is an Emergency Medical Technician and has a huge passion for life in the Canadian Rockies. She is an avid hiker, climber, kayaker, skier, and fisherwoman. With a ever growing interest in the Canadian Rockies Morgan founded Mountain Med Online to share her knowledge and learnings with other adventurers. Here, she teaches a variety of courses to help you stay safe and enrich your experience in the great outdoors.

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