Re: Wilderness First Aid (helicopter response to isolated
Susan Wilcox (email@example.com)
Sat, 17 May 1997 20:50:05 -0700
I was really glad to hear your response. that is exactly what we are told
to do in our high adventure trek training. Sending 3 for help asap and
doing the best first aid at the site. I really push safety because a back
country injury scares me to death. At Philmont they told us that horsing
around causes 80% of the problems and I believe it. Balancing letting the
boys have a good time and keeping things safe is a real problem.
Thanks for your straight forward, non dramatic response.
Post 111 CC,
At 08:30 PM 5/16/97 -0700, you wrote:
>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.