fbpx

Wilderness Medicine

First Aid is one thing, but it is predicated on the fact that professional emergency medical help is close by and can take over and provide or transport the patient to definitive care.

What if professional emergency medical help isn’t available, or access is going to be delayed for hours… or days? Wilderness Medicine (WM) is the answer.

A rethinking of urban first aid, with a strong focus on the medicine, WM provides a framework and skills that can treat, stabilise and manage casualties when professional emergency medical help isn’t immediately accessible.

WM practitioners are introduced to a patient assessment system that is specifically designed for the wilderness context and borrows heavily from the best practices of many medical disciplines. WM practitioners are taught advanced skills that even many EMTs aren’t authorised to perform in a pre-hospital setting.

The focus of Wilderness Medicine is the understanding of what is critical and not, and what is urgent and not – and how to stabilise and treat those patients we can care for in the field, and to prioritise evacuation for those we can’t.

We partner with Wilderness Medical Associates International to deliver wilderness medical training, as we strongly believe that their curriculum, approach and experience are second to none.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) – 2 Days

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits. Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) – 4 Days

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits. Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Bridge – WAFA to WFR – 4 Days

The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMS Upgrade students may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification. **If you are using this course to recertify a WMA WEMS Upgrade certification it is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering, and to inform the instructor on the first day of class.**

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) – 8 Days

The definitive wilderness course in medical training, leadership, and critical thinking for outdoor, low-resource, and remote professionals and leaders. The Wilderness First Responder program is the ideal medical training for leaders in remote areas including outdoor educators, guides, military, professional search and rescue teams, researchers, and those involved in disaster relief. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical. It includes the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments for days and weeks if necessary.

Wilderness EMS Upgrade (WEMS) – 5 Days

Training for medical personnel who would like to enhance their skills and experience for use in the rural, wilderness, and technical rescue setting. This course is popular with all levels of medical professionals but primarily geared toward pre-hospital EMS providers. The WEMS curriculum builds on EMS training and expertise to meet the special challenges of the remote and unconventional environment. It is designed for medical personnel working in rural EMS, search and rescue, law enforcement, disaster response, and on wilderness expeditions. Like all WMA International training, it represents the best application of the available science balanced by considerable clinical experience and the reality of providing medical care in difficult and dangerous places.

Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) – 4 Days

This program’s primary goal is to apply current medical knowledge and critical thinking for use in remote/resource challenged patient care settings.  It is targeted toward advanced care medical practitioners. The Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS) is Wilderness Medical Associates International’s most advanced level course. Our 36-hour course is run over 4 days(5 days for courses requiring translations).  It is open to certified or licensed advanced level medical practitioners involved or interested in rescue, mass casualty, and remote outdoor environments or urban areas in disaster or crisis. This constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and controversial ideas and the appropriate application of technologies. The learning environment is challenging, stimulating, and fun.

Other Specialist Programmes

WMA offer a broad range of specialist programmes including but not limited to Offshore Emergency Medicine, Travel Medicine, Conflict & Remote First Aid, Battlefield Medical Response, and WFA for Field Services. These specialist programmes may be available for delivery in through X3SI by special arrangement, If you would like more information please contact us.