Re: Wilderness First Aid (helicopter response to isolated
Fri, 16 May 1997 20:31:19 +0000
As a person who is involved with Search and Rescue and have been on an
incident almost exactly as described in the original post I would like to
make a few comments on what I would like to see if this was my child and I
had to face the same problem.
1. Send someone responsible for help as soon as possible.
a. If that means they will travel after dark and it is relatively safe
then do it.
b. Send several in the party (3-5).
c. Make sure that they are equipped for the task but do not overburden
them, we will carry their gear out for them if necessary.
d. Make sure that they have keys to a vehicle.
e. Check again.
f. Ideally this group would come from your party.
g. Have everyone you meet who is going out take the same message.
2. Immobilize the injured person and provide first aid to whatever level of
training that you have.
Unless you are carrying a pocket Xray, CAT scan, etc. you cannot determine
the extent of injury involved, an internal head injury could seem to
improve and then worsen and be fatal later or a slight fracture could lead
3. Wait for help. Let trained professionals determine the response that you
get, this is what we train for every day. Self-rescue is usually not an
option unless you are in what is known as a no-rescue zone and as far as I
know Mt. Everest is the only one around (although Mt. McKinley is getting
I look forward to your responses to this.