Re: Wilderness First Aid
Robert M. Lewis (science_guy@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 11 May 1997 15:13:01 -0400
The problem is that *all* wilderness first aid courses are very
expensive. The course that email@example.com mentioned was a cheep
one. Most programs are over $300. The wildernes EMT (WEMT) courses are
even more expensive (I've seen them listed at over $1000!!). What I have
to suggest is to get the highest level of training you can afford. If it
is American Red Cross (ARC) basic first aid and CPR, good. I personally
reccomend the ARC First Responder or higher, ie EMT.
On most outings you will never need to do anything over putting a bandaid
on the person and continue on. There are times when accidents happen and
the person is in serious danger. Most people don't carry all the
equiptment needed to help the person (ie, longboard, oxygen, MAST
(military anti-shock trousers), airways...). Therefore you have to be
prepaired to improvise, and if the person suffers a heart attact, then
also be prepaired to have the person die on you (chances are the person
will not be revived).
We can only be so prepaired. Accidents do happen. The best advice is to
get the highest training you can afford, and try to prevent the
accidents, such as banning bouldering, or horseplay around the
I have had a friend expierence a canoe trip where someone was cooking
pasta, the stove and water was knocked over on the cook. 2nd degree
burns. They were in the middle of a lake, a long ways away from help.
The boy was is pain and very seriously in danger... What would you do
without any cell phones / cb / hams??
Robert M. Lewis
EMT in search of money for WEMT
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City