WILDERNESS ADVANCED FIRST AID (WAFA)
An entry-level course designed for professionals working in significantly remote settings for days or weeks.
Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. 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, severe environments, and improvised equipment.
**If you are using this course to recertify a WMA WEMS it is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering, and to inform the instructor on the first day of class.**
As part of our commitment to your medical rescue training, our instructors will teach according to your group’s backgrounds, environments, and experience. Simulations and hands-on activities will be realistic and relevant. Relevant adult education is incorporated directly into our curriculum to maximize learning of medical theory into practical skills.
This course is delivered over 4 days with 36 to 40 hours of instructional and practice time. Evenings should be reserved for study and required assignments, averaging 1-2 hours per evening. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies.
Sample course 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
Upon successful completion, students will receive certification in Wilderness Advanced First Aid and Adult CPR. Certification is valid for three years.
All learning materials are provided at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:
The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook
Wilderness Advanced First Aid Class Notes
Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam. Tundra Medical Resources and Wilderness Medical Associates International are committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.
Students must fulfill WMA's Functional Position Description for Wilderness Medicine Providers to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.