Re: Wilderness First Aid
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Mon, 12 May 1997 14:27:30 -0700
I'm glad that you've given it some thought. That was part of the reason
for the original post, to stimulate thought. The other was to find out
if there are courses available to teach WFA. The course of action you
describe is reasonable. Please be assured that I would spend the money,
if necessary. There is movement in the "guvmint" to not provide those
services. Also, some of the "EcoRabble" are trying to ban rescue helos.
Taking boys into the wilderness is risky business. We need to think out
our "what ifs."
Straightening a fracture is not all that hard, and is easy to learn. If
you have to move someone, he is much better off with bones in close
alignment, rather than angulated. BTW, the first thing that happens in
the ER with an angulated fracture is the "doc" providing gentle traction
to straighten the long bones. The relief of pain is always very evident
on the patients face. This can be done early rather than late, and
spare the patient further trauma. A WFA course could teach this.
A helo the size of a "HUEY" needs a clear radius of no less than 70 ft,
free of stumps and ditches. At altitude, the LZ needs to be situated
such that the helo can take off into the wind. The take off route must
face down hill, allowing the helo to "fall" as it gains take off speed.
A WFA course would teach this.
The operational ceiling for a loaded helo is often less than the
altitude we hike in here in CA. I suspect the same is true for CO. A
WFA course would teach that the best way to make sure the helo has the
"gear" is to tell them what you need, and what the extent of the
As you can tell, this is one of my passions. Thanks for listening and
BTW, do you know of any "canned" WFA courses that we could file the
serial number off of and make our own?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City