Wilderness Advanced First Aid

 February 4, 2020
Posted by NWT Recreation and Parks Association

Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture on the land. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, and improvised equipment on the land. 

Training is suitable for those who take people out on the land, including program leaders and guides. Part of the course is taught outside.

When: February 14-17; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Zhatıé Kų́ę́, NT (Fort Providence, NT)
Cost*: $125/person

*Limited bursaries for registration fees are available upon request.

This course will be taught by Holly Kondreska. Holly is originally from the NWT. She graduated from Lakehead University, after studying in outdoor recreation and geography before eventually gravitating towards Paramedicine in 2000. She’s combined both fields by providing medical care in Honduras, working SAR operations in Northwestern Ontario, and volunteering with the Red Cross for regional disaster relief. For more information on Holly: https://www.wildmed.com/course-type/wilderness-advanced-first-aid/

Sample Syllabus

Day 1 – Introduction/Registration; Systems Based Critical Thinking; Infection Control; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory & Respiratory Systems; Adult CPR; Basic Life Support

Day 2 – Quiz/Case Studies; Nervous System, Spine Management; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Lifts, Moves, and Extrications; Splints – Extremities; Patient Assessment Drills

Day 3 – Quiz/Case Studies; Thermoregulation; Bites and Stings; Lightning; Elective Topics; Wounds and Burns; Allergies and Anaphylaxis; Improvised Patient Carries; Patient Assessment Drills

Day 4 – Case Study Review; Elective Topic; Backcountry Medicine; Medical and Legal Issues; Patient Assessment Drills; Simulations; Final Exam; Conclusion.

Coffee and tea will be provided; however, participants are responsible for snacks and lunch. We will take a lunch break from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm each day.

Please note: To be considered fully registered we require 100% payment. 

More Information

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Layered clothing and gear to spend hours on the land (snow pants, boots, neck warmer, hat, mitts, jacket, warm socks)
  • Clothing you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Any outdoor gear is greatly appreciated, such as skis, snowshoes, tarps, sleeping mats, etc. (only if possible)

Full event details: https://members.nwtrpa.org/event-3660503

For more information, contact Rachel Cluderay at rcluderay@nwtrpa.org | 867-669-8392