For over five decades Wilderness First Aid training has consisted of a two-day, sixteen-hour cram session where students are overwhelmed with information and allowed no time to remember what they learned. With over one hundred and seventeen steps in the Primary and Secondary Patient Assessment alone, it is impossible for a student to memorize all the steps in a sixteen-hour course. Missing just one step can mean the difference between and positive or negative outcome for the patient.
Virtual reality technology allows you to practice your first aid skills on a virtual patient and provide real-time feedback on your treatment of the patient. You are able to interview the patient, record vital signs and perform a physical exam. If the patient is injured, you are able to examine the injury site and make treatment decisions. At the end of the scenario, you will receive a debrief and a discussion of evacuation guidelines for the patient.
Other WIlderness First Aid books require you to read hundreds of pages of information and you are responsible for attempting to put all the information together and apply what you read.
Wilderness First Aid Made Easy eliminates all of the boring reading. In the book, you will see each page consists of a diagram. The one-page diagrams (also called “Algorithms”) fully explain each first aid concept, reducing dozen of pages of text into a one-page, intuitive, easy-to-understand, and remember diagram. These diagrams drastically reduce the time spent reading and taking notes. Paired with each algorithm are concise, to the point presentations, each of which is less than 7 minutes in length that explain each diagram fully. See the YouTube videos below.
The 2022 edition of Wilderness First Aid Made Easy includes updated content on how to identify and treat Gunshot Wounds, Open Pneumothorax, Viral and Bacterial Illnesses, and Evacuation Guidelines for all injuries and illnesses covered in the book.
The book will improve your understanding and increase your knowledge retention. Unlike books that explain WFA using just words, Wilderness First Aid Made Easy graphically illustrates the entire patient care process.
The 2022 Edition of Wilderness First Aid Made Easy enables you to view over 50 presentations and demonstrations from the School of First Aid’s Wilderness First Aid course. To view the presentations, enable the QR Code reader on your smart device and point your smart device’s camera at the QR Code found on pages throughout this book. You will be directed to video demonstrations, classroom lectures, and downloadable handouts. Each page is explained, step-by-step in using concise, to-the-point video presentations. Video demonstrations throughout the book will deepen your knowledge by illustrating the application of WFA concepts.
Check out these tabletop scenarios and watch how you can use Wilderness First Aid Made Easy to identify and treat illnesses and injuries
This Wilderness First Aid book and the bonus content appeals to a wide range of people who desire to be prepared during medical emergencies when EMS is more than a few minutes away.
The School of First Aid offers two free online first aid training courses to anyone who wishes to learn how to provide first aid during a medical emergency.
In this Bleeding Control Course, you will learn the six ways to stop bleeding. You will learn about Direct Pressure, how to apply a Hemostatic Dressing, how to pack a wound, how to use the techniques of digital pressure and digital pinch to stop traumatic bleeding, and how to deploy and apply a tourniquet.
This course includes the algorithms that explain each bleeding control method that you can download and print. Each section is explained with concise, to-the-point video presentations and demonstrations.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that you can download and print. Register for this free course here.
Learn how to provide Hands-Only CPR
In this free online first aid training, you will learn how to recognize when CPR is required, the proper form and technique for performing hands-only CPR, and how you can practice your CPR skills at home using a pool noodle.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that you may download and print.
Illnesses and Injuries Identified and Treated include:
Ruptured eardrums from a diving incident.
Alllergic reactions – Two seperate cases, a bee sting and a food allergy.
In both cases, the patients have a history of anaphylaxis but quick thinking by the graduates, and patients did not require their EpiPen.
Cuts requiring pressure dressings – Three reported cases.
Pericarditis – inflammation of the heart lining. The patient reported crushing chest pain and was presenting with the signs of a heart attack. The graduate correctly diagnoised the patient and provided rapid transport to the camp hospital.
Ankle Fracture. The graduate applied a leg splint and the patient was carried to the trailhead for transport to the hospital.
What graduates are saying:
“The way you organize and present Wilderness First Aid using algorithms make it so easy to learn. This is my third WFA certification and the first time I can say that I really feel confident that I can apply what I learned. Best course ever!”
– Linda B.
“Just follow the diagrams in the book. The book really makes understanding Wilderness First Aid easy to learn and remember.”
– Dave K.
“I can not compliment you enough for your excellent material and your awesome personality. You were a pleasure to meet, work with and learn from. I was nervous but after a few minutes felt so comfortable and confident. I will be purchasing your course for some of out youth staff who take our kids backpacking in the next few months. “