Do you like to spend time outdoors? Accidents happen; if you or someone in your group got hurt, would you know what to do? People get hurt, sick, or lost. Many back country emergencies are preventable and even when bad things happen, sometimes the wrong care can make things worse.
Wilderness First Aid is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants more than basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. The 16 hour long (two-day) program focuses on the skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies.
Those who complete the course and pass the written and practical skills will receive a Wilderness First Aid certification from SOLO which is valid for 2 years. SOLO is among the leaders in Wilderness Medicine Training and certification. Coffee and snacks will be provided each day. This course will be held at Wasserman Park in Merrimack, NH.
Optional CPR Training
An optional Adult CPR Certification Course will be offered on Saturday evening for an additional fee of $45.00 for those who would like to get certified. While certification is recommended; it is not required.
BENEFIT'S OF SOLO TRAINING
SOLO’s courses originated in response to the needs of those who love and enjoy the out-of-doors. Trip leaders, park rangers, outdoor educators, mountain and river guides, and outdoor enthusiasts want to know how to prevent accidents as well as how to cope when the unexpected occurs. In addition, many people still live in rural settings. Like the wilderness setting, these less-populated areas bring with them the difficulty of getting to definitive medical care in a timely manner. Rural rescue squads, fire departments, and state and federal agencies are turning more and more to wilderness medical training to meet their special needs. These days, even those in urban areas may encounter situations where they are unable to access 911. During disaster situations, training in wilderness medicine may make the difference between life and death.
SOLO training is different from more traditional emergency medical and first aid training in that the emphasis is on how the body works; what happens to it when it has been injured or is ill; and the basic principles behind treatment. By truly understanding basic physiology, the principles of emergency response, long-term patient care, and equipment improvisation, you will be more prepared to deal with non-textbook problems. Our “hands-on” approach trains you to act competently in the kind of emergencies you are most likely to encounter.
Due to COVID-19; we are capping class sizes to no more than 12 people. Classroom space will be setup to allow for students to remain 6ft apart during didactic lessons. Prior to starting class each day, students will be asked the following screening questions. With recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we feel it is necessary to employ this procedure to help and reduce potential risks to our students and staff. If students indicate any signs or symptoms of being ill at the time of the course, they will be asked not to attend and can work with SOLO to reschedule a training date. Students should review the information below, prior to coming to class. If they plan on answering yes to any of these questions the day of the course, they should reconsider attending a training at a later time, after the 14 day time-frame.
For practical work, students are paired with one person, and one person only. These people will work together during practical sessions/assessments and otherwise will be expected to remain separated during class. The pair will remain the same from day one through day two. We will not be teaching group scenarios and will also only discuss certain components, such as patient lifting and moving.
Response and Assessment
- Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis
- Universal Precautions
- Patient Assessment System
- Rescue Plan
- Patient Lifting and Moving Techniques
Trauma – Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
- Sprains and Strains
- Principles of Fracture Care
- Spinal Cord Injury Management
Environmental Emergencies and Survival Skills
- The Human Animal
- Cold Related Injuries
- Heat Related Injuries
- Backcountry Essentials
Soft Tissue Injuries and Medical Emergencies
- Trauma – Soft Tissue Injuries
- Medical Emergencies and Critical Care
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
*You MUST have these items with you in order to attend any of our programs. If you arrive at the course without this gear, the instructor may have options for you to purchase. However, if they do not, you will be asked to leave for the safety of yourself and others in the class.
2 Face masks (cloth, surgical, N95, or KN95 – needs to fully cover your nose, mouth, and chin)
Eye protection (glasses, goggles, face shield – sunglasses are okay for outside work but please have an alternative for in the classroom).
Disposable gloves (for personal use only – will not be shared with others)
Hand sanitizer (for personal use only – will not be shared with others)
Notebook and pen/pencil
Rain gear tops and bottoms
Layers of clothing (so you can take a layer off if you are hot/put one on if you are cold, these are also used for splinting)
Hat - warm, not made of cotton
Mittens or gloves if it will be cold out
Backpack to put everything in
Reusable water bottles (1qt or 1 liter) for drinking water
Footwear for the environment (Closed-toe shoes for being outdoors- sandals are only acceptable for indoor activity.)
HELPFUL ITEMS TO BRING
Ground cloth or small tarp (6X4 sheet of plastic is fine)
Sleeping pad (Examples: Ensolite, Ridgerest, Thermarest)
Bandanas or cravats of any kind