Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is one of the most intense and comprehensive first aid courses available to those with no medical background. This course is based on Wilderness Medical Society Guidelines and medical best practices.
This course consists of all thirty-three lectures, demonstrations, videos and slides found in the traditional, onsite, two-day, sixteen hour Wilderness First Aid certification course. Additional bonus content to include downloadable handouts and checklist are made available to you in this course. You will have the opportunity to test your new knowledge with graded quizzes and practice your skills in scenarios provided in this course
This course will teach you to identify and manage life-threatening injuries and knowledge and skills to identify and treat injuries and illnesses when Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is hours if not days away.
The Wilderness First Aid Course - also known as WFA and pronounced “WOO-FA” is a significant time and financial commitment. The traditional, onsite course alone is two days long of lecture, demonstration and practice. The course does not usually take place in the city you are living, so almost all students have to spend a day traveling to the class and then staying a night or two in a hotel, and then there are travel costs and meals. With WFA classes costing north of $250 - when you add in travel, hotel and meals a typical student will spend $400 - $600 plus an entire weekend.
A WFA course crams many of the concepts taught in a First Responder course into the two-day course. Many students complain that there is so much information thrown at them during a WFA course that they feel like they are “drinking from a fire hose attempting not to drown.” I felt that way when I completed my WFA certification years ago. I wondered after I graduated how much information I really retained and if I was really ready to render medical care if I needed to.
This course will save you time, it will save you money and since it is self-paced, it will give you the time to absorb the material - plus this course uses a method that makes learning, understanding and retaining first aid easier. But more on that in a later
Who takes this course? Well, there are three types of people.
- Time constrained. People who want the deep first aid knowledge that a WFA course provides but can not dedicate a weekend and travel to a course.
- Preparing to attend a WFA Course. These are people who know that WFA is a cram course in first aid and they want to prepare so when they attend the course they don’t have to spend all their time heads-down furiously writing notes. And when they graduate from the course they will have the confidence and competence to be able to render first aid when they need to.
- Continuing Education. For those who have graduated, this school is part of their continuing education during their twenty-four month certification. First aid is a perishable skill. This course keeps your skills fresh.
- Wilderness First Aid Care Vs The "Golden Hour" (3:57)
- Primary Patient Assessment System (27:23)
- Patient Rolls - Log Roll and Recovery Roll (2:39)
- Scenario 1 - Primary Assessment Practice
- Secondary Assessment (33:53)
- SOAP Note (6:54)
- Lifting and Moving Patients (11:12)
- Scenario 2 - Primary and Secondary Assessment Practice
- Quiz 1 - Primary and Secondary Assessment
- Musculoskeletal System (16:09)
- Leg Splinting Lecture, Demo and Scenario 3 (13:24)
- Spine Clearing (7:19)
- Arm Splinting Lecture, Demo and Scenario 4 (11:09)
- Quiz 2 - Musculoskeletal Injury
- Introduction to the Circulatory System (6:47)
- Bleeding Control (16:20)
- Wound Cleaning and Care (10:09)
- Impalements (2:58)
- Amputations (2:49)
- Infection (11:50)
- Bites and Stings - Mammal, Snake and Insects (12:20)
- Lightning (8:03)
- Friction Blisters (3:11)
- Burns (8:35)
- Hypothermia (17:02)
- Frostbite (3:11)
- Scenario 5
- Quiz 3 - Soft Tissue Injury
- Heat Illnesses (11:40)
- Chest Pain (8:21)
- Allergic Reaction (2:53)
- Anaphylaxis (9:04)
- Asthma (4:23)
- Breathing Too Fast/Too Slow (2:48)
- Hypoglycemia (3:20)
- Brain Injuries (7:07)
- Altered Level of Consciousness (3:16)
- Abnormal Breathing (1:48)
- Shock (9:48)
- Scenario - 6 - Soft Tissue Injury and Illness
- Quiz 4 - Illnesses
This course is unique. I use a method that does not just teach first aid - my method illustrates Wilderness First Aid using intuitive, easy-to-understand diagrams that will help you remember. To write my book, I purchased textbooks from all of the major Wilderness Medical Schools and publications from the Wilderness Medical Society. From those books, - thousands of pages of text - I created 40 Wilderness First Aid patient care checklists. I then converted those checklists into easy to understand “medical algorithms” - patient care flow diagrams - and then published them in my book, Wilderness First Aid Made Easy. I use algorithms throughout this course and my onsite courses to enable students to visualize and remember the patient care process.
This course is about 70% dynamic presentation including photos, videos, and real-life examples and 30% practical skills demonstration, and filmed scenarios
No prior medical knowledge or training is necessary to attend.
You will receive a course completion certificate at the course conclusion.
I think you’ll like this virtual course. You will be able to go back and review any lecture, take your time navigating the course and not feel the pressure students feel in an onsite, two-day course.
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Jeffrey S. Imel, WEMT, NREMT
Emergency Medical Services Educator
I am a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. I hold instructor certifications in First Aid, CPR/AED, First Responder and Wilderness First Aid.
My life mission is to teach people with no medical background how they can save lives in the first critical minutes of a medical emergency. I have over three decades of teaching experience and I believe you will find my method of instruction to be enjoyable.
I am the author of two books, First Aid Emergency Care and Wilderness First Aid Made Easy. My books illustrate first aid care and treatment using intuitive “Yes-No” decision diagrams. These books significantly reduce the time first aid students spend taking notes in class and students who use my books report increased retention and achieve higher test scores. My book and teaching method will increase your confidence during the scenario portions of the course and serve as an excellent review tool to help you keep your knowledge refreshed.