WFA for Winter Backcountry Users (WFA)

This course is designed for the winter backcountry user interested in bridging the gap between their avalanche education and medical response. The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to winter backcountry recreation and includes wilderness medicine guidelines for the treatment of avalanche victims.

This specialty course is taught by Desert Mountain Medicine instructors who are employed as either professional mountain guides, or outdoor educators in combination with emergency medicine (e.g., emergency department, mountain rescue, ski patrol or EMS).

WFA for Winter Backcountry Users (WFA)

This course is designed for the winter backcountry user interested in bridging the gap between their avalanche education and medical response. The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and basic life support skills. This training focuses on prevention, assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses common to winter backcountry recreation and includes wilderness medicine guidelines for the treatment of avalanche victims.

This specialty course is taught by Desert Mountain Medicine instructors who are employed as either professional mountain guides, or outdoor educators, in combination with emergency medicine (e.g., emergency department, mountain rescue, ski patrol or EMS).

All WFA for Winter Backcountry Users courses are designated with the  on the course schedule.

Hours: 16

Length:  2 Days

Certifications:  CPR, WFA, WAT

Prerequisite: None

CEU: None

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

  • URBAN VS WILDERNESS MEDICINE
  • INTRO TO WILDERNESS RECREATION LAW & LIABILITY
  • BASIC WILDERNESS MEDICINE GUIDELINES
  • INTRO TO WILDERNESS RISK MANAGEMENT
  • PATIENT ASSESSMENT IN COLD AUSTERE ENVIRONMENTS
  • BASIC LIFE SUPPORT
  • RED FLAG BACKCOUNTRY MEDICAL PROBLEMS
  • WILDERNESS ANAPHYLAXIS TRAINING
  • TRAUMATIC INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH WINTER BACKCOUNTRY ACTIVITIES
  • WINTER ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE
  • PROTOCOLS AND THE ICAR AVALANCHE BURIAL CHECKLIST
  • INTRO TO BACKCOUNTRY COMMUNICATION DEVICES
  • WINTER SPECIFIC LITTER BUILDING
  • BASIC DOCUMENTATION
  • BASICS OF CALLING A RESCUE