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First Aid Course

Mountaineering-Oriented First Aid

This course is scheduled for February 21-23, 2020. A 2.5 day course to teach you the basics of dealing with injuries and illness in the backcountry, away from professional medical assistance. Prerequisite to graduation from basic climbing, intermediate climbing and other courses. Please sign up for all 3 sessions.

Location of Training: Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center, 1550 Rocky Point Road NW, Bremerton, WA 98312.

Instructors: Dr. Keith Gates, Gretchen Ta, Jerry Logan

 Course Goals:

  1. Presentation and discussion of considerations in patient care in a wilderness setting with extended prehospital care times.
  2. Practice in teams, with hands-on activities utilizing typical field equipment, caring for actor patients. 

Prerequisites:  Either a current first aid certification or the certificate generated from taking the American Heart Association's “Heartsaver® First Aid Online Part 1” online training (see ).

Class Outline:

Friday- classroom topics for presentation and discussion (chapters 1, 27-29)

  1. Wilderness First Aid introduction, legal issues, documentation
  2. Scene Size-up
  3. Patient Assessment
  4. Evacuation
  5. Psychological First Aid

Saturday- classroom topics for presentation and discussion (chapters 2-8, 9-15, 16-21)

  1. Trauma
    1. Wound Management
    2. Orthopedic Injuries
    3. Head and Spinal Injuries
  2. Medical
    1. Respiratory
    2. Cardiac
    3. Abdominal
    4. Altered Mental Status
    5. Allergic Reactions
  3. Environmental
    1. Heat/Cold
    2. Hydration
    3. Lightning
    4. Drowning
    5. Altitude
    6. Avalanche

Sunday- scenarios will be conducted both inside and outside giving each team five opportunities for hands-on practice and team-building. 

  1. Scenarios
  2. Skills Tests
  3. Debrief 
  4. Written test.

Competency: As a result of participating in this training, members will heighten awareness and gain skills necessary for patient care in remote environments.  

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Wilderness First Aid Session 1
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Fri, Feb 21, 2020
Registration closes Feb 14
3 participants
4 instructors
Wilderness First Aid Session 2
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Sat, Feb 22, 2020
Registration closes Feb 14
3 participants
4 instructors
Wilderness First Aid Session 3
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Sun, Feb 23, 2020
Registration closes Feb 14
3 participants
3 instructors
Required Equipment

Course materials:

The course text is TBD. When determined,  purchase this text and read the relevant chapters prior to the classroom session (see Course Outline below).

The following texts will be used as reference materials during the training and discussions.

  1. Practice Guidelines for Wilderness Emergency Care, 5th Ed. – Wilderness Medical Society.
  2. Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine, 3rd Ed – MOSBY; Auerbach, Donner, Weiss.
  3. Wilderness Medicine, 5th Ed – NOLS; Tod Schimelpfenig.
  4. Mountaineering First Aid, 5th Ed. - Mountaineers Books; Carline, Lentz, Macdonald.
  • What to bring- Equipment required: Standard overnight packs.  Students should be prepared for rain -some scenarios are staged outdoors.  You will get dirty so dress appropriately.  Additionally, students need to bring a first aid kit with a few (at least two) triangle bandages/cravats (; bandaging materials (which can be made from old sheets or other excess material or elastic bandages); several pieces of cloth that can be folded into 4”x4” dressings; and trauma scissors (something like there will be scenarios that will require cutting off clothes to help determine the extent of patient injuries; make sure you have a safe means of cutting clothes. Other items typical in a pack and useful for first aid: a headlamp, ground tarp, things to splint- walking sticks, ski poles, things you normally carry and of course the ten essentials.
  • This year we will have available at class for a donation of at least $25 kits that contain 1) 5.5.X36” SAM Splint; 2) Triangle bandages; 2) 3” elastic bandages; individual medication packets; 1) 12cc irrigation syringe for wound cleaning; and 1) EMT Utility Shears;
  • Did I mention: Wear warm clothes and bring rain gear as the scenarios will be outdoors. Ok, really dress in layers because the lecture hall can sometimes get warm.
  • Meals: The Mountaineers will provide snacks, coffee, and hot water, however students will need to provide their own meals. There are some options within 1-2 miles 
Course Materials

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