Date: 3-7 August, 2022
Location: Spring Street International School, 505 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, Washington
Accomodation: Accommodation from 2-7 August is available for $200/person.
Catering: A kitchen is available in the building for personal use. No meals/snacks provided.
Certification: Wilderness Medical Associates
Receretification: Recertication options are available for those with a valid, current, and accepted WFR certification. Recertification includes 3 days attendance at the course. Day 1, Day 5 and one additional day of your choice. If you wish to attend all five days, please enroll for the full course.
Recertification Price: $400
Delivery: Face-to-Face, hands-on experiential format including drills, simulations, scenarios, along with lecture, discussion, and case studies. Wilderness and Rescue Medicine textbook provided.
The Wilderness First Responder curriculum is written 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.
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 (BLS), 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.
All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Participants will receive the following books on this course:
Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
The Field Guide of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine
Wilderness Medicine Workbook
Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
Successful completion with certification is based on 100 percent attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a successful grade on a final written exam. Viristar is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
This course include a minimums of 70 hours of preparation, didactic, and practical time. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Wilderness First Responder certification and certification of CPR taught to an equivalent health care provider level. Certifications are valid for three years. The course is registered for 70 hours of continuing education credit through the Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
For more information or to enroll, contact Derek Angevine.
Email: [email protected]