Re: Backcountry Emergency: Evaluation
Bob Gerrish (u-rpg@NTA.COM)
Mon, 5 Jun 1995 10:24:37 -0700
Sounds like you did the right thing. I have a couple of comments about
all of the follow ups, though. With the head injury, I would have
probably done the same thing in your situation.
As I am mainly involved in Girl Scout activities and am a co-leader of a
Cadette GS troop, my comments will be slanted that way and may paraphrase
"Safety Wise" (I can only paraphrase as I am at work and it is not in
front of me.)
The SAR types seemed overly cautious, but then they are the poor soles
who have to go in and resuce people who don't get help soon enough.
Better to err on the side of safety.
Several MD's replied and alluded to the differences in ability. What I
have found out and been told in trainings is that an MD or a nurse is not
necessiarly a first aider. It sounded like those who replied are well
versed in emergency procedures, but some are not. I have encountered
several whose practices were so removed from anything that required first
aid that they were not as qualified as someone who had Basic Red Cross
training. That is probably why GSUSA (or is it our concil?) requires us to
have a certified first aider and won't allow nurses or MD's unless they
are certified first aiders.
For situations more than 15 minutes from EMS and where we meet several
other cirteria, we are required to have a level 2 first aider. It doesn't
appear that one would not have been required for this type of outing,
however. I would feel more comfortable with a Wilderness Oriented First
Aider on this type of trip.
On Wilderness First Aid: Our Red Cross Chapter (is it the only one?)
offers River Oriented First Aid (ROFA) and Wilderness Oriented First Aid
(WOFA) in addition to Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA).
According to the volunteer I talked with, ROFA and WOFA are patterened
after MOFA. While they are not as extensive, they have more hands on
exercises. I believe that ROFA is a 26 hour course and WOFA is a 24 hour
course. I am not sure of the length of the MOFA course, but appearantly
it is longer.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City