WFA Course | Lake Tahoe, CA
Our Wilderness First Aid course is designed to provide an individual with an introduction to wilderness medicine and the basic skills to treat the most common injuries and illnesses encountered in the wilderness. This program is appropriate for entry level professional guides and other non-medical people who want some basic understanding of wilderness medicine.
This WFA Hybrid course requires approximately 8+ hours of online course work. Following the completion of the online material a student will be eligible to attend the ~10 hours of hands on training. After taking this course you will be familiar with some of the most common backcountry problems. You’ll have some limited practice in evaluating, treating, and evacuating injured persons in wilderness settings. You’ll start to get a feel for what situations require medical assistance.
Upon course completion, students will earn both the WFA and CPR/BLS plus AED certifications, which are valid for two years.
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 6,000 feet, Lake Tahoe offers a spectacular alpine setting for outdoor recreation. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America and is over 1,600 feet deep and surrounded by dense evergreen forests.
Join MedTreks Intl in Lake Tahoe for this WFA course. The class will be held at Gravity Haus, a boutique hotel centrally-located between the world-class slopes of Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows), Northstar California, and the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe.
The materials below above are covered via didactic lecture, small group discussion, practical skills sessions, and live scenarios. Each topic will describe pathology, treatment, prevention, and provide evacuation guidelines necessary for high quality patient care. This curriculum is continually reviewed for best practice and the most up to date guidelines.
The WFA curriculum includes, but is not limited to topics such as:
- Patient Assessment Scene Size-up, Primary Survey, Secondary Survey
- Bleeding and Shock
- Abdominal and Chest Injuries
- Wound and Burn Management (bandaging)
- Fractures & Dislocations, Improvised Splinting
- Head and Spine Injuries, Spinal Motion Restriction
- Near Drowning
- Lightning Injuries and Prevention
- Heat-Related Illness
- Medical Problems in the Wilderness
- Bites and Stings
- Hypothermia & Cold-Related Illness/Injury
- Evacuation Guidelines
- Water Disinfection and Hydration
- Improvised Litters & Carries
CME Credits :
Nurses can obtain up to 16 CEUs for this course (($95 fee applies)