Re: Wilderness First Aid
Norman MacLeod (gaelwolf@DMV.COM)
Mon, 12 May 1997 19:05:59 -0400
Time to weigh in...
There are times when the weather closes in, or you are a long way from =
the nearest possible help with a patient who is not likely to last until =
the rescue folks come in to where you are now. This is why I, as a =
rescue professional, feel that every Scouting wilderness adventure crew =
NEEDS at least one competent wilderness first responder amongst the =
When you say, "first, do no harm", you have to realize that there will =
be a few occasions when "doing no harm" means doing the best first =
responder care you can provide while you get everything together. While =
you are doing this, your "notifiers" should be dispatched to the =
trailhead so that the ambulance or air/ground rescue1 team can get to =
You can build a perfectly adequate orthopedic rescue litter out of three =
backpack frames (or better yet, four). This litter, if built by a team =
of folks who are trained to do so (you need to be sure they are trained =
before you really do anything in the way of wilderness trekking), will =
perform adequately as a backboard, if needed.
I have been involved in more than one rescue where a patient survived =
BECAUSE the group he or she was with were capable of performing a =
self-rescue. I've seen occasions where someone who could have lived, =
didn't, because the group did not attempt a self-rescue.
Part of taking groups into wilderness adventures is to be prepared for =
the possibility that things may not go as planned...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City