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Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Course Summary

The Next Step (40 hours)

The main focus of this more advanced wilderness first aid course is the prolonged care and stabilization of patients in an austere environment until a rescue team or additional resources can be obtained to help with evacuation to a medical facility.

The course teaches a judgment-based approach to dealing with medical emergencies in a remote setting. Major components include learning to work with improvised equipment and learning to anticipate potential risks to the patient. Advanced medical techniques include anaphylaxis management, spine clearing, wound cleaning, and CPR cessation. 

And while this course is "advanced", there's still a lot to learn. Graduates of this course may choose to take our four-day Bridge Course to upgrade to our "full-on" Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) certification.

Course Details

Duration

4 days (40 hours)

Format

A mix of classroom and outdoor sessions

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 14.

Prerequisites
  • 16+ years of age (participants under the age of 18 require written consent from a parental or guardian)
  • A high school education (or equivalent) is recommended but not required.
Price

$499

Recertification

Repeat the entrie course every three years

Required Equipment

Notebook and pencil/pen

Watch with a second-hand for taking vitals

Indoor/outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather

Footwear for rough terrain

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Wilderness Advanced First Aid Certification Card and Patch
  • CPR Heart Saver Certification consistent with the Canadian Heart & Stroke Association Heart Saver CPR/AED level.

  • Course Texts
FAQ

For more details about this course, including what to expect and how to prepare, please view our Wilderness Medicine FAQ.

Course Outline

Day 1:

  • Registration & Introductions
  • General Principles of Wilderness Medicine
  • Infection Control
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Basic Life Support including CPR and AEDs

Day 2:

  • Quiz/Case Studies
  • Nervous System
  • Spine Management
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Lifting, Moving & Extrication
  • Splints - Extremities
  • Patient Assessment Drills

Day 3: 

  • Quiz/Case Studies
  • Thermoregulation
  • Toxins, Bites and Stings
  • Lightning
  • Elective Topics
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Improvised Patient Carries
  • Patient Assessment Drills

Day 4: 

  • Case Study Review
  • Elective Topic
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Medical and Legal Issues
  • Patient Assessment Drills
  • Simulations
  • Final Exam
  • Conclusion

WILDMED TRAINING

Feb 7-10

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Feb 7-10

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Feb 16-19

Wilderness First Responder “Bridge”

  • $499
  • Edmonton, AB
Register

Feb 16-19

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

  • $499
  • Edmonton, AB
Register
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Paul Olshefsky, Public Safety Specialist
Gros Morne National Park(Parks Canada)

Wilderness Medical Associates, Canada gave us the training that we require to work in a wilderness setting. The instruction was beyond our expectations and presented in a very professional manner.

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