WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

A hands-on, fast-paced course, WFA covers a variety of topics including how to recognize and manage common medical problems, along with rare but life threatening emergencies, environmental emergencies, and most importantly, prevention of these problems.  75% Outdoors, 25% Classroom.


WHO IS THE WFA FOR?
The WFA is the perfect course for the outdoor enthusiast or trip leader who wants a basic level of first aid training for short trips with family, friends, and outdoor groups. It also meets the ACA guidelines.


WHAT IS TAUGHT?
The WFA is 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of: Response and Assessment, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Environmental Emergencies, Survival Skills, Soft Tissue Injuries, and Medical Emergencies – complete topic list below.


WHERE AND WHEN IS IT HELD?
The next WFA course will be held at Arizona State University in the Memorial Union Student Center on 2/17/2018 and 2/18/2018 at 9:00 AM.  Contact us for more information.  The class will be cancelled and refunded if fewer than 12 students register.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$200, but Students and First Responders get a 25% Discount and pay $150 when they show a current ID.


IS THERE AN EXAM?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.


DO I GET CERTIFIED?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which is good for two years.


DOES THE WFA COUNT AS CONTINUING EDUCATION?
The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying Wilderness First Responder programs.

Course Topics

What is Wilderness First Aid?

Anatomy of a Wilderness Crisis

Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System

Asthma

Backcountry Essentials

Cold-Related Injuries

Environmental Emergencies & Survival 

Rescue Plan

Response & Assessment

Soft Tissue Injuries & Medical Emergencies

Spinal Cord Injury Management

Sprains & Strains

Techniques

The Human Animal

Trauma-Musculoskeletal Injuries

Trauma-Soft Tissue Injuries

Universal Precautions

Use of Epinephrine

Skills (including lightning)

Heat-Related Injuries

Medical Emergencies & Critical Care

Orthopedics

Patient Assessment System

Patient Lifting & Moving

Principles of Fracture Care

About WFA

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.