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  • WFA
  • WFR
  • 5- Day WFR
  • WFR + EMR option
  • WEMT Upgrade
  • NEW AEMT
  • WALS
  • 12 day - Hybrid EMT+W
  • TMFA
  • OEM
  • Customized

Wilderness First Aid - WFA

 

Summary

 

The best and most comprehensive course of its kind to offer relevant and realistic first-aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.

Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience.

Description:

 

Course Content:

The expected target audience is seasonal outdoor staff and those involved in recreational wilderness trips. The course content meets the anticipated medical needs of those communities.

 

Course topics are:

Patient Assessment System; CPR; Circulatory System; Nervous System; Respiratory System; Fractures, Stable Injuries; Splints 1-Extremities; Hypothermia; Hyperthermia and Heat Illness; Near Drowning; Lightning Injuries; Wounds and Burns; Anaphylaxis; Lifting, Moving Extrication; Patient Carries; Backcountry Medicine.

 

Customization:

Patient assessment drills and simulations will be specific to the group, the environment, and the context of operations or the activities performed in the field.

Given the short duration of this course, emphasis is placed on hands-on activities, including PAS drills as a major learning tool as opposed to long lectures.

Elective topics to specific environments (altitude, tropical, SCUBA, offshore medicine, etc.) can be substituted in from the course content. Please talk to the office or instructor at time of booking.

 

Certifications:

This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.

 

Recertification:

Certifications are valid for three years.Students should retake the WFA course or consider upgrading to the Wilderness Advanced First Aid and or Wilderness First Responder.

U.S. courses only: Students that take the WFA course will receive a $30US rebate eligible towards any WMA International course 4 days or longer.

 

Included Materials:

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following books on this course:

  1. Wilderness First Aid Guide
  2. SOAP Notebook;
  3. The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook

 

Equipment:

We ask our sponsors and course hosts to provide outdoor equipment relevant and specific gear to their employees when in remote and austere environments. Wilderness Medical Associates International will supply a specific equipment list to cover simulation and classroom needs.

 

Evaluation:

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.

 

Prerequisites:

 

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

 

Wilderness First Responder Training

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Summary:

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the ideal medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. This course is offered in several formats.

 

Description:

 

Wilderness Medicine:

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from conventional EMS courses and other programs that are oriented toward the urban environment. This course teaches what to do with a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment.

 

Class Format:

The Wilderness First Responder course is presented in 70 hours. The five-day format includes approximately 25 hours of pre-course study and testing. The course sponsor may modify any of these formats to include a day off, extending the total duration of the program. Typically, half of your day will be devoted to classroom lecture and discussion with half outdoors for practical skills training and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. You should expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

 

Textbooks:

All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes the WMA textbook, case studies workbook, field guide, lecture notes, and handouts.

 

Completion and Grades:

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

 

Certification:

All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the ILCOR/AHA guidelines as published in Circulation in November 2005. All WMA certifications remain valid for three years. At the discretion of your local or state EMS authorities, the WFR certification may qualify you to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam.

 

Recertification:

Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course, but no later than the last day of the month in which your original certificate expires. Recertification options include the 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course, the 36-hour Bridge Course, or the 24-hour Open Recertification Course.

 

WFR Course Content:

The General Principles of Wilderness and Rescue Medicine with an emphasis on the prevention and identification of medical emergencies, appropriate technology, and risk management. Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic Life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis and asthma. Environmental Medicine including altitude illness, hypothermia and heat illness, frostbite and cold injury; lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins. Backcountry Medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems. Musculoskeletal Problems including unstable and stable injuries, overuse syndromes, and dislocations. Wound Management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters. Practical Skills including splinting, bandaging, litter packaging and medical kit preparation. WMA Wilderness Protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, dislocation reduction, CPR in the remote setting, and Anaphylaxis and Asthma.

 

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate. Those under 18 years of age will require the written consent of a parent or guardian. Certain course sponsors, including those offering the five-day format, may set a higher minimum age or establish other requirements consistent with their program. No previous medical training is required.

 

What to bring:

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also needs pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. See our Student Handbook and speak with the sponsor for more information.

5-Day Wilderness First Responder Training

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Summary:

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) is the definitive course in medical training for outdoor educators, guides, SAR team members, and others who work or play in remote areas. The curriculum is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments. The 5-day format is for individuals and sponsors with less time available for on-site training and requires 25 hours of pre-course preparation.

 

Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date.  All students must complete all pre-course work prior to arrival on course.

 

Description:

25 Hours Pre-Course Preparation and 45 Hours On-Site Training

Class Format

This course covers the same material and meets the same criteria as our standard Wilderness First Responder. It is designed for students and professionals who have tight schedules and the self-discipline to complete approximately 25 hours of pre-course preparation.

Students will have access to the WFR Study Guide two to four weeks before the course starts. They are required to complete the assigned reading, case studies, study guide, and tests. The on-site instruction that follows reinforces and expands on the knowledge already acquired. Because students arrive familiar with the didactic material, on-site daytime training can focus on wilderness and rescue scenarios and practical skills. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

The 5-Day WFR course has been through five years of development and testing. Conscientious preparation, studying, and time prior to the course is essential for success. This is not a short-cut version of our standard course. Established WMA International clients and other groups who are interested in this new format are encouraged to contact us about this offering.

 

Textbooks:

The following teaching materials are provided by WMA International at no additional cost:

 

Completion and Grades:

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. WMA International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

 

Certification:

All eligible students who successfully complete the course will receive Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and Healthcare Provider level CPR certifications. The CPR course is based on the 2010 ILCOR/AHA guidelines.  All WMA certifications remain valid for three years.

 

Recertification:

Recertification can be earned at anytime during the three years following your course. Recertification options include the 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid course, the 36-hour WAFA-to-WFR Bridge Course, or the 24-hour Open Recertification Course.

 

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in the 5-Day WFR course. Certain course sponsors may set a higher minimum age or establish other requirements consistent with their program. No previous medical training is required.

 

Syllabus:

  • General Concepts in Wilderness and Rescue Medicine

  • Patient Assessment System Critical Body Systems:
     BLS and CPR; Anaphylaxis and Asthma

  • Practical Skills:
     Lifting, Moving and Extrication; Spine Stabilization and Litter Packaging; Wound Cleaning and Exploration

  • Environmental Topics: Exposure Control; Bites and Stings; Altitude Illness; Cold Injuries; Diving Emergencies; Thermoregulation; Lightning; Near Drowning; Avalanche

  • Musculoskeletal Systems:
     Spine Injury Assessment; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting; Dislocations

  • Other:
     Medical Legal Issues; Soft Tissue Injury; Toxins; Search and Rescue; Backcountry Medicine; Emergency Childbirth; Medical Kits

 

WFR with EMR Option

 

Summary:

This is a full DOT Emergency Medical Responder program combined with a Wilderness First Responder course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry (NREMT), the State of Michigan and Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMAI) WFR certification. Training will take place daily, Monday through Friday, for 5 days. This course requires approximately 40 hours of pre-course instruction which is student led. The WFR with EMR Option course is not accelerated or easier than the traditional courses, and it is not for everyone. This course was developed adhering to, and in line with the same rigorous standards as WMA's 5 Day Wilderness First Responder Course, which has shown itself to be exceptional. Many students desire the ability to progress in the field of wilderness medicine; however, do not have the time necessary to devote to an on-site program. This course was designed to be more convenient and overall less expensive for the self-directed learner. Classes will be limited to 21 participants due to the intensity of the program.


Wilderness Medicine:

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard Red Cross courses and other programs
that are oriented toward the urban environment. This course teaches what to do with a medical
emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment.


Ideal Candidates:

This course is ideal for the self-directed motivated learner with computer experience. For years
students have asked for a combination WFR and EMR course. This course fills that need. Other
students who would benefit from this style of course include RN’s who would like to work in a remote pre-hospital environment, previously certified EMT’s who are looking to renew their certification at the EMR level, and previously trained military personnel who have had emergency medical training but did not receive a civilian equivalency certification.


Class Format:

The pre-course component consists of approximately 40 hours of instruction using multiple
modalities to include but not limited to, an online learning management system, case studies, quizzes, and pre-course reading. Once the students arrive at our facility they will begin a traditional 5 day Wilderness First Responder course. On most days class will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mornings will begin with quizzes and case presentations from students who had hospital rotations on the previous day. The rest of the morning will be devoted to lectures, and clinical skills. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and videotaped simulations. Expect one to two emergency rescue simulations with made-up victims and stage blood that will be videotaped for enhanced learning. Evenings are reserved for case studies and assignments.



Northern Cairn Instructors:

Wilderness Medical Associates International courses are offered by a variety of sponsors in the
US and abroad. All courses are taught by WMAI™ instructors who have been through our rigorous selection and training process and adhere to our course standards and curriculum. Most have decades in Wilderness, Remote, and Military Medicine.


Textbooks:

Wilderness medicine texts and materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no
additional cost. This includes handouts, a book of lecture handouts, our case study workbook, SOAP  notes, our textbook Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and The Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide. Students are required to purchase and read the Brady EMR text prior to arrival ISBN-13: 978-0- 13-283335-6.


Completion:

Successful completion of the course is based on 100% attendance, course participation, performance during rotations, and satisfactory performance on both written and practical final exams. Passing is based on the cumulative average on the: practical and written exams; satisfactory performance in all experiential activities. Not everyone passes.


WFR Certification:

All students who successfully complete this course will receive a WFR certification from Wilderness Medical Associates International. This certification remains valid for three years. For information on renewing the wilderness portion of the WFR certification, please refer to the 'Recertification Answer Sheet' from Wilderness Medical Associates International.
State of Michigan Certification and Licensure
Upon successful course completion of the course, students will take the written and practical exams for the State of Michigan through the NREMT. For more information on specific state requirements including Michigan visit http://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/emt_cand_state_offices.asp


Other State Certification and Licensure
Students wishing to be certified and/or licensed in a state other than where the course is held must contact their state EMS office to apply for reciprocity. Requirements vary from state to state so Wilderness Medical Associates Int. cannot guarantee that successful completion of this course will lead to certification within a particular state. The length of certification and recertification requirements varies from state to state. Many states allow students to obtain reciprocity from another state approved initial education program.


National Registry Certification
NREMT Certification remains valid for approximately two years. Please call the National Registry (614-888-4484) with questions related to certification or recertification.


State of Michigan Licensure
The State of Michigan has adopted the National Registry exam as their state exam. However, the National Registry requires an additional fee if you want them to score it and receive the National Registry certification. Successful completion of this exam will lead to licensure at the EMR level. Licensure remains valid for approximately three years.


Other Certification
Students will be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level through WMA. Certifications remain valid for three years.

 

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course. They must provide documentation or record of immunizations against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (known as MMR), Hep B, Tetanus, and a TB Skin Test.

Computer Requirements:

Students must have the ability to complete all course content via the internet prior to arrival, which includes testing. Students will not be able to start the practical portion unless they have achieved an 80% on all pre-course exams and viewed at least 80% of all online content. Documentation of these scores will be kept on file at Northern Cairn. You must also be able to play Flash Video.


What to bring:

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also need pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. See our Student Handbook and speak with the sponsor for more information.


Validity of Hybrid Education:

This course is tailored for the self-directed, professional student. An ideal candidate will have prior experience in the virtual classroom environment. This type of class is not for everyone, and just like the full 5 day WFR, not everyone passes the class. The value of such a program lies in its flexibility and convenience, not ease of completion. The goal of a hybrid course is not to replace traditional in seat courses, but to augment them. There is a stigma associated with “online classes”. There is also a paradigm in EMS that must be changed in order to advance the profession. Most of this negativity comes from naysayers who have never taken a hybrid course or those who have had a poor experience with an ill-conceived one. This is generally the case when it is solely an online course. We believe that for the right student, this type of course is superior in many ways, and we are not alone. Please view the articles below to see for yourself.
http://www.vanuatumed.net/file.php/1/ruiz2006.pdf
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1470-3327.2005.00614.x/full

Wilderness EMT Upgrade Courses

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Summary:

Training for medical personnel who would like to enhance their skills and experience for use in the rural, wilderness, and technical rescue setting. This course is popular with all levels of medical professionals but primarily geared toward pre-hospital EMS providers.

The WEMT curriculum builds on EMS training and expertise to meet the special challenges of the remote and unconventional environment. It is designed for medical personnel working in rural EMS, search and rescue, law enforcement, disaster response, and on wilderness expeditions. Like all WMA International training, it represents the best application of the available science balanced by considerable clinical experience and the reality of providing medical care in difficult and dangerous places.


Description:

Course Content

This program is continuously revised and updated by Wilderness Medical Associates International. The course and schedule are flexible enough to be adapted to specific groups and goals while still meeting the requirements of the core curriculum. Specialist instructors are available in marine medicine, combat medicine, technical rescue, and expedition and remote site service.

Day 1 - 10.5 hours

Logistics and Introduction; General Concepts; Patient Assessment System; Critical Body Systems Review; PAS/SOAP Practice; Spine Injury Assessment; Medical/Legal Issues


Day 2 -9 hours

Test I/Review; Anaphylaxis and Asthma; ALS/BLS Appropriate Technology; Lifting, Moving, Extrication; Litter Packaging and Carries; Scenarios I


Day 3 - 8.5 hours

Test II/Review; Pain Management; Soft Tissue Injury; Wound Cleaning and Exploration; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Extremity Splinting, Dislocations; Scenarios II


Day 4 - 9 hours

Test III/Review; Environmental Medicine; Scenarios III; Search and Rescue; SAR Exercise


Day 5 - 8 hours

SAR Exercise Debrief; Expedition Medicine; Scenarios IV; Medical Kits and Medications; Test IV and Course Debrief


Certificatio:

Certification as a Wilderness EMT is valid for three years and is contingent on current regional or national registration as an EMS provider such as a EMT or paramedic. Other medical professionals will be awarded a course completion certificate. The course is registered for 45 hours of continuing education credit through the CECBEMS. CPR recertification can be added by request and at the discretion of the instructor.


Included Materials:

All published teaching materials are produced and provided by Wilderness Medical Associates International at no additional cost. Students will receive the following textbooks and notes on course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine: A  Practical Guide for the Basic and Advanced Practitioner
  • Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook
  • SOAP Notebook

 

Equipment:

WMA International will supply a general list of equipment to be obtained for training by the sponsor or course host. We also invite sponsors or hosts to include any gear that is specific to their staff and mission. Specialist instructors may bring additional material following consultation with the sponsor.


Evaluation:

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


Prerequisites

Current EMT or other professional medical certification is required.

Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course.

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also need pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand.  Review the Student Handbook for more comprehensive information on what to bring and how to prepare for a course.

 

W-AEMT (Estimated Hours) (90 hours classroom/ 70 hours pre-course/ 36 hours clinical

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Summary:

This is a full DOT Advanced Emergency Medical Technician program followed by a WEMT course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry, State and W-AEMT certification.  Training will take place daily, including weekends for 12 days.

 

Description:

 

Class Format:

This is a full DOT Advanced Emergency Medical Technician program with a WEMT Upgrade course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry (NREMT), the State of Michigan and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) WEMT certification.   Pre-course is completed via multiple modalities to include online content via Learning Management System (LMS), and then in seat class time;  case studies and self study, and 36 hours clinical time over 12 days. On most days class will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mornings will begin with quizzes and case presentations from students who had hospital rotations on the previous day. The rest of the morning will be devoted to lectures. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and video taped simulations. Expect 2-3 emergency rescue simulations with made-up victims and stage blood that will be videotaped for enhanced learning. Evenings are reserved for case studies, clinical rotations, and assignments.

 

Course Sponsors and Instructors:

Wilderness Medical Associates courses are offered by a variety of sponsors in the US and abroad.  Sponsors may set rules regarding parking, dogs, the use of alcohol, and other site-specific issues. The course sponsor sets the tuition and provides the classroom and any housing or meals that may be included. All courses are taught by WMA™ instructors who have been through our rigorous selection and training process and adhere to our course standards and curriculum.

 

Hospital and ambulance Rotations:

Students will participate in Emergency Room and Ambulance rotations. Proper dress consisting of dark BDU slacks (no jeans), white oxford shirt with collar, and hard-soled, black safety toe boots are required for these rotations.

 

Textbooks:

Wilderness medicine texts and materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes handouts, a book of lecture handouts, our case study workbook, SOAP notes, our textbook Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and The Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide. Separate purchase of an AEMT textbook is required.  Students are required to complete pre-course reading prior to arrival.

 

Completion:

Successful completion of the course is based on 100% attendance, course participation, performance during rotations, and satisfactory performance on both written and practical final exams. Passing is based on the cumulative average on the: practical and written exams; satisfactory performance in all experiential activities. Not everyone passes.  Students are required to successfully pass a practical exam and written NREMT exam at the students’ expense post course for certification.  It is the students’ responsibility to contact www.nremt.org regarding testing and certification/licensure for their state.

 

W-AEMT Certification:

All students who successfully complete this course will receive a W-AEMT certification from Wilderness Medical Associates. This certification remains valid for three years. For information on renewing the wilderness portion of the W-AEMT certification, please refer to the 'Recertification Answer Sheet' from Wilderness Medical Associates.  This certification remains valid only with concurrent valid licensure or certification at the AEMT level.

 

State Certification and Licensure:

Upon successful course completion of the course, students will take the written and practical exams for the state where the student will be licensed or certified.  For more information on specific state requirements please visit  http://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/emt_cand_state_offices.asp

 

Other State Certification and Licensure:

Students wishing to be certified and/or licensed in a state other than where the course is held must contact their state EMS office to apply for reciprocity. Requirements vary from state to state so Wilderness Medical Associates cannot guarantee that successful completion of this course will lead to certification within a particular state. The length of certification and recertification requirements varies from state to state.

 

National Registry Certification:

NREMT Certification remains valid for approximately two years. Please call the National Registry (614-888-4484) with questions related to certification or recertification.

 

Other Certification:

Students will be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level through WMA. Certifications remain valid for three years. There are many different levels of CPR. AEMT’s must maintain a current BLS-CPR certification.

 

Course Content:

This course meets all requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Advanced Emergency Medical Technician curriculum and the Wilderness Medical Associates W-AEMT curriculum. Topics include patient assessment, body systems, equipment improvisation, trauma, oxygen administration, automatic defibrillation, ECG interpretation, IV therapy, pharmacology, primary care medicine, advanced assessment, endotracheal intubation, environmental medicine, toxins, backcountry medicine, wilderness protocols, and wilderness rescue. To discuss course specifics, please contact us.

 

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course. They must provide documentation or record of immunizations against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (known as MMR), Hep B, Tetanus, and a TB Skin Test and be a currently licensed for certified EMT.  WEMT certification or WFR certification is strongly recommended.  Students must provide a copy of professional liability insurance through a service provider for approximately $50 annually.  For more information please visit www.hpso.com

 

What to bring:

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also needs pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand. See our Student Handbook and speak with the sponsor for more information.

 


 

Wilderness Advanced Life Support courses

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Summary:

The Wilderness Advanced Life Support (WALS®) is Northern Cairn's most advanced level course. Our 4.5 day (36 hr) course is open to certified or licensed advanced level medical practitioners involved in rescue, mass casualty, and remote outdoor environments or urban areas in crisis. This constantly-evolving course is highlighted by discussions of new and controversial ideas and the appropriate application of technologies; and we test some of these in the field. The learning environment is challenging, stimulating and fun. Category 1 CME credits for physicians and physician assistants, CEUs for paramedics and Contact Hours for nurses are available. This activity is also eligible for credits toward Fellowship in the Wilderness Medical Society’s Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

 

Description:

 

Wilderness Medicine:

Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard Red Cross courses and other programs that are oriented toward the urban environment. This course teaches what to do with a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments and improvised equipment.

 

Class Format:

This 36-hour, 4-1/2 day long course focuses on wilderness and rescue medicine for advanced level practitioners. Upon receipt of a course roster from the sponsor, pre-course Study Guides will be mailed to students two to four weeks prior to the first day of the course.Each participant is asked to take an on-line pretest and complete case study assignments prior to the beginning of the course. Generally the mornings are devoted to homework review and lectures while the afternoons focus on skill stations and patient scenarios. Skill labs include basic and advanced airway techniques and equipment, cardiovascular emergencies, and wound management. There will be videotaped scenarios using moulaged patients; one of these is done at night.

 

Course Instructors:

All courses are taught by Northern Cairn's instructors who have been through WMA's rigorous selection and training process and adhere to our course standards and curriculum.

 

Textbooks:

All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes a book of lecture handouts, our case study workbook, SOAP notes, our textbook, Wilderness and Rescue Medicine and The Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide.

 

Completion and Grades:

Certification requires 100% attendance, satisfactorily completing all homework assignments, course participation in all didactic and practical components including simulations, and the final examination. Wilderness Medical Associates is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

 

Certification and CEUs Available:

All participants who successfully complete the WALS® course will receive a certification card from Wilderness Medical Associates.

For physicians, this activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical

Education through the joint sponsorship of CMMC and WMA. CMMC is accredited by the Maine Medical Center’s Council for Continuous Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CMMC designated this educational activity for a maximum of 36 hours of Category I credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award or State of Maine licensure. Each physician should claim only those credits he or she actually spent in the activity. In Canada, this program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for up to 36.0 Mainpro-MI credits.

Paramedics and intermediates are eligible for 36 Advanced Level continuing education hours from the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

Nurses will receive 36 contact hours. These credits are awarded through Central Maine Healthcare, an approved provider of continuing education activity by ANA-Maine, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation

 

Recertification:

Although we do not have a WALS® recertification course yet, we encourage our graduates to return in 3-4 years to refresh skills and knowledge and be updated on the latest advances.

 

Prerequisites:

Participants must be ALS trained with current certification, i.e.: EMT-P and ALS trained EMT-I, Physician Assistant (PA), Registered Nurse (RN), or Physician (MD or DO). Others admitted on a case-by-case basis.

 

Syllabus:

Day 1: 8 hours - Logistics and Introduction; General Concepts in Wilderness Medicine; Roles and Responsibilities; Patient Assessment; Critical System Problem Recognition Drill; Critical System Summary; Spine

Day 2: 8.5 hours - Homework Review; Musculoskeletal; Limb Splinting; Dislocation Reduction Demo and Practice; Skin, Soft Tissues and Burns; SAR/Organization; Small Group BLS Simulations

Day 3: 9 hours - Homework Review; Thermoregulation; Cold Injuries; Altitude; ALS Treatments and Meds; Appropriate Technology; ALS Tools and Medications; Night Simulation

Day 4: 8.5 hours - Homework Review; Expedition Practitioner/Backcountry medicine; Toxins; Bites and Stings; Lightning; Near Drowning; Diving

Day 5: 6 hours - Homework Review; Summary for the Course; Medical Legal; First Aid Kits; Wrap-Up; Final Exam

 

What to bring:

Bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Remember that, rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. You will also needs pens, a notebook, and a watch with a second hand.

 

Course Fees

  • Physician - $975
  • PA/RN/Resident - $875
  • EMT-Paramedic -$785

12 Day EMT + W Hybrid Fact Sheet

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Summary:

This is a full DOT Emergency Medical Technician Basic program with a WEMT Upgrade course. The training will satisfy eligibility requirements for the National Registry (NREMT), the State of Michigan and Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) WEMT certification. Training will take place daily, Monday through Friday, for 12 days. Friday and Saturday will be reserved for ambulance and emergency room clinical hours which are completed during the students time at our facility. Clinical hours are also accomplished after class during the week. This course requires approximately 70 hours of pre-course instruction which is student led. The 12 day EMT + W Hybrid course is not accelerated or easier than the traditional month-long course, and it is not for everyone. This course was developed adhering to, and in line with the same rigorous standards as WMA's 5 Day Wilderness First Responder Course, which has shown itself to be exceptional. Many students desire the ability to progress in the field of wilderness medicine; however, do not have 4 full weeks to devote to an on-site program. This course was designed to be more convenient and overall less expensive for the self-directed learner. Classes will be limited to 12 participants due to the intensity of the program.

 

Ideal Candidates

This course is ideal for the previously trained WFR.   For years students have asked for a WFR to WEMT bridge course.�  This course fills that need.  Other students who would benefit from this style of course include RN's who would like to work in a remote pre-hospital environment, previously certified EMTs who are looking to renew their certification progress in their field, MFRs who would like to advance, and previously trained military personnel who have had emergency medical training but did not receive a civilian equivalency certification

 

Class Format:  

The pre-course component consists of approximately 70 hours of instruction using multiple modalities to include but not limited to, an online learning management system, case studies, quizzes, and pre-course reading.  Once the students arrive at our facility they will begin a traditional 5 day Wilderness EMT upgrade course and attended both ambulance and emergency room clinical experiences in the evenings.  Friday and Saturday will be used for studying as well as clinical time.  The last 5 days focus on street medicine and preparing the student to sit for the National Registry EMT basic exam.  On most days class will run from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mornings will begin with quizzes and case presentations from students who had hospital rotations on the previous day. The rest of the morning will be devoted to lectures, and clinical skills. Afternoons are devoted to practical hands-on sessions and videotaped simulations. Expect two to three emergency rescue simulations with made-up victims and stage blood that will be videotaped for enhanced learning. Evenings are reserved for case studies, clinical rotations, and assignments.

 

Prerequisites

Students must be at least eighteen years old to participate in this course. They must provide documentation or record of immunizations against Measles, Mumps, Rubella (known as MMR), Hep B, Tetanus, and a TB Skin Test. WFR certification is strongly recommended. Students must provide a copy of professional liability insurance through a service provider for approximately $50 annually. For more information please visit www.hpso.com

 

Computer Requirements:

Students must have the ability to complete all course content via the internet prior to arrival, which includes testing. Students will not be able to start the practical portion unless they have achieved an 80% on all pre-course exams and viewed at least 80% of all online content. Documentation of these scores will be kept on file at Northern Cairn.

 

Emergency Room/Ambulance Rotations:

Students will participate in at least 12 hours of Emergency Room observation. 24 hours of Ambulance rotations will also be required and all clinical time is completed prior to students leaving our site. Proper dress consisting of dark slacks (no jeans), white shirt with collar, and hard-soled, closed toe shoes are required for these rotations which students are required to purchase prior to arrival.

 

Textbooks:

Wilderness medicine texts and materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes handouts, a book of lecture handouts, our case study workbook, SOAP notes, our textbook Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and The Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide. Separate purchase of the EMT textbook Brady’s Emergency Care 12th edition ISBN 978-0-13-254380-4

 

Completion:

Successful completion of the course is based on 100% attendance, course participation, performance during rotations, and satisfactory performance on both written and practical final exams. Passing is based on the cumulative average on the: practical and written exams; satisfactory performance in all experiential activities. Not everyone passes.

All students who successfully complete this course will receive a WEMT certification from Wilderness Medical Associates. This certification remains valid for three years. For information on renewing the wilderness portion of the WEMT certification, please refer to the ‘Recertification Answer Sheet’ from WMA International

 

State Certification and Licensure:

Upon successful course completion of the course, students will take the written and practical exams for the state where the student will be licensed or certified. For more information on specific state requirements please visit  http://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/emt_cand_state_offices.aspOther State Certification and Licensure

Students wishing to be certified and/or licensed in a state other than where the course is held must contact their state EMS office to apply for reciprocity. Requirements vary from state to state.

 

Travel Medicine First Aid - TMFA

 

Summary:

Developed as a collaborative effort between Wilderness Medical Associates International and Habitat for Humanity to meet the medical needs of international remote program sites. This program has evolved to encompass medical response, risk reduction, and hazard identification in low to middle income countries for North American volunteer and study abroad groups. The design of this course is not to replace a travel medical clinic consultation, but instead to enhance a group’s ability to prepare, mitigate, and respond to medical emergencies while abroad.

 

Description:

 

Course Materials:

 * The Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine 
http://www.wildmed.com/blog/book-store/the-field-guide-of-wilderness-rescue-medicine
 *   SOAP Notebook http://www.wildmed.com/blog/book-store/soap-notes/
 *   Class Notes
 *   CDC International Health Information Yellow Book

Equipment:

While WMA International provides all medical gear required for the course, we do ask our clients and course hosts to provide gear and equipment relevant to the specific work site such as: Digital projector and screen, chairs and tables, CPR mannequins, hypo-wrap material (50’ rope, tarp, blanket or sleeping bag, garbage bag), splinting material (commercial and improvised). The office will provide the hosting organization with a complete list of required equipment.

 

Evaluation:

There is a pass/fail criteria, evaluation will be from a written test, practical patient simulations, and hands on activities. Instructors will give both individual and group feedback as needed throughout the course. 100% attendance is mandatory. WMA International is committed to making reasonable accommodation for any student with special needs.

 

Certification:

The Travel Medicine First Aid course is completed in three days or 24 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion, students will receive a Travel Medicine First Aid Certification and CPP Level A (BCLS for Adults).


Certification by Wilderness Medical Associates International is recognized across the globe in a variety of professional settings. Accreditation in Canada has been obtained by the Federal Government under their Human Resources and Skills Development act under the Ministry of Labour, and through several provincial Worker’s Compensation Boards. Wilderness Medical Associates International is the only Canadian consultant to the Wilderness Medical Society in the USA. Widely recognized across the country, and around the world, this is the highest caliber of course on the market.

 

Prerequisites:

Students must be at least 16 years old to participate in this course. Those under 18 years of age require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Offshore Emergency Medicine - OEM

 

 

Summary:

Offshore Emergency Medicine offers relevant and practical training for the largest and most remote wilderness on earth. As with all of our courses, we emphasize the understanding of body systems and principles of care to best prepare the medical officer to improvise and adapt to the infinite variety of challenges that the open sea can present. It is designed for voyaging sailors as well as professional mariners. Classroom instruction is tied to the student’s own experience through the liberal use of case studies, scenarios, and hands-on assessment problems in a marine context. Upon completion, students will earn a Wilderness First Aid certification. Previous medical training is not required.
36 Hours

 

Description:

 

Class Format:

This course includes approximately 9 hours of pre-course reading followed by three full days of on-site training. Practical sessions may include outdoor or on-board exercises depending on course location. The curriculum includes lab sessions in wound care, reduction and splinting, extrication, and injections.

 

Textbooks:

All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates at no additional cost. This includes the Wilderness and Rescue Medicine textbook and laboratory and training supplies.

 

Certification:

Offshore Emergency Medicine certification is awarded by Wilderness Medical Associates and the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship. This course is also approved for 36 hours of continuing education credit by CECBEMS for EMT’s and paramedics.

Customized Wilderness Medical Training

Northern Cairn offers an array of courses to suit the needs your field staff. Though these courses are the standard for outdoor professionals, Northern Cairn will also custom-design a training to specifically fit your needs. We will travel to you or we may host the course at our own facility.

Costs for customized courses will vary. To receive more information about training with Northern Cairn, please contact us.