Jan 25, 2023

Wilderness first aid classes coming up this spring

Posted Jan 25, 2023 2:13 PM

NEWTON, Kan. ā€” US Outdoor First Aid is holding its first Wilderness and Remote First Aid Classes for 2023 training season on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, 2023 and Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, 2023.

The February class will be held at Camp Hawk, just south of Newton, Kansas. The April class will be held in Volunteer Hall at Harvey County East Park, east of Newton.

Each class is the 16 hour Intensity Level II class that goes well beyond Standard First Aid training and is patterned after the training that Emergency Medical Technician students receive.

The goal is for the participants to be confident in their ability to competently provide lifesaving First Aid skills in an emergency situation until EMS arrives.

Typical class participants are:

ā— Active in recreational activities such as Hiking, Hunting, Cycling, or Camping

ā— Coaches and parents with youth participating in Organized Sports

ā— Involved in remote and rural occupations such as Farming and Ranching

ā— Located where Natural Disasters such as Winter Storms, Tornadoes and floods could occur

By completing this course, the participant will earn certification in:

ā— CPR/AED/Choking (2-year certification)

ā— Stop the Bleed

ā— Wilderness/Remote First Aid (2-year certification)

Topics covered teach the participant to deal with:

ā— Heart Attacks, Cardiac Arrest and Choking

ā— Airway and Breathing problems

ā— Severe Bleeding and Shock situations including direct pressure, wound packing and appropriate tourniquet use

ā— Trauma Emergencies involving Bones/Joint injuries, Splinting, Soft Tissue Injuries and Cuts and Burns

ā— Medical Emergencies such as Severe Asthma attacks, Seizures, Diabetic Emergencies, Stoke and Heart Attacks

ā— Environmental Emergencies involving Tick/Spider/Snake bites, Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Dehydration, Hypothermia and Frostbite

The lead instructor, Doug Trumble, is a Nationally and State of Kansas Certified EMT, has the Wilderness endorsement to his EMT certification from the University of Utah School of Medicine, teaches EMTs at an area Community College and is on the Fire/EMS Reserve Team of a local Fire/EMS department.

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