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Disaster +Wilderness First Aid

Location:

Community-Wide

Event Type(s): Sports & Recreation, Education
Organization: MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School
Description: Hands-on learn how to save life & limb, when mired in the wilderness of an urban disaster zone, travel or rural area far from hospital, or natural area miles from an access point.  Accidents and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency.  This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group.  Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not reachable.  In this course, learn how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival.  Blend of classroom instruction, and hands-on problem-solving rescue scenario practice (a most powerful learning tool, comprising ~50% of the class).  You come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence.  No prerequisites.  For adults, and focused youths ages 12+.  Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.

> To see the nice version of this with graphics, please visit:
http://www.solowfa.com/enewsletter.htm

LEARN HOW to SAVE LIFE and LIMB in an
> urban disaster (natural or terrorist)
> rural area (not near a hospital)
> travel anywhere
> wilderness area

Course INFO, ONLINE REGISTRATION, other locations & dates: http://www.solowfa.com/

OVERVIEW:
> No prerequisites
> For adults and focused youths ages 12+. Know your loved ones are safe wherever they are.
> Hands-on learn how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival
> Blend of classroom instruction & hands-on rescue scenario practice
> Approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia (100% reimbursement for many academic employees!), and more
> 2-year SOLO WFA certification
> Counts as recertification for WFA, AWFA, WFR and wilderness part of W-EMT
> Flyer: http://www.solowfa.com/forms/dwfa-flyer.pdf
> Testimonials: see below

TOPICS:
> Beyond the ‘golden hour’: wilderness/remote travel/disaster-delayed EMS arrival injury challenges and long-term patient care
> Patient Assessment System: thorough patient examination, treatment, monitoring, safety, and documentation
> Orthopedic Injuries and Treatment: Sprains, Strains, Fractures, and Spinal Cord Management
> Circulatory System Form and Function: Heart, Blood, Blood Vessels, Lungs, Brain
> Soft Tissue Injuries and Wound Treatment: Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations, Flap Avulsions, Amputation, Punctures, Impalements,
> Bites, Stings, Blisters, Burns, and Infections
> Environmental Injuries and Treatment: Cold, Heat, Dehydration and Wilderness Survival
> Medical Emergencies and Critical Care: Shock, Allergies, Shortness of Breath, Brain Problems, and Heart Problems
> Patient movement: spinal cord precautions and clearing; pre- and post-evacuation treatment
> International Travel: preparing & packing for safe travel, problem prevention before and during travel, and identification & treatment of many travel illnesses – presented in a special hand-out for those who indicate interest.

SCHEDULE 2017 (2 days, 8:30am - 6:30pm or 7pm each day):
> April 11 - 12, 2017 … Chattanooga, TN
> April 15-16 … Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, eve of April 14)
> April 22-23 … Blacksburg, VA*
> May 9 - 10 … Charlottesville, VA
> May 13-14 … Triangle area, NC (Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill / Greenville)*
> May 20-21 … Washington, DC
> May 27-28 or 29 … Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, eve of May 26)
> June 3 - 4 … Richmond, VA*
> June 10-11 … Triad area, NC (Greensboro / Winston Salem)*
> June 24-25 … Virginia Beach, VA*
> July 8 - 9 … Charlottesville, VA*
> July 15-16 … Fredericksburg, VA*
> Aug. 19-27 … Wilderness First Responder course near Circleville, WV*
> Sep. 2 - 4 … Mountain-top Weekend Retreat near Blacksburg, VA* (CPR also to be offered)
> Sep. 23-24 … Chattanooga, TN
> Oct. 14-15 … Charlottesville, VA* (CPR / AED / Choking also offered, eve of Oct. 13)
> Nov. 11-12 … Washington, DC
> Dec. 16-17, 2017 … Uwharrie National Forest, NC

WHY:
Mired in a disaster zone, travel or rural area far from a hospital, or natural area miles from an access point … accidents, destructive weather, and terrorism happen, and all-too-often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. This leads to improper care of the patient, and endangers the entire group. Many recreational accidents are preventable, and improper care of trauma can compound even simple injuries. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where 911 is overwhelmed or not immediately reachable. In this course, classroom instruction and Q&A are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience – a most powerful learning tool – during scenarios comprise ~50% of class. 8:30am – 6:30pm both days; you come away with actual do-it-yourself care-giving confidence.

Instructor: Matthew Rosefsky, Geo Medic, Wilderness EMT, CERT, MRC, and SOLO Instructor-Trainer
> Fee: 185 for the 2-day dtWFA
> REGISTRATION ONLINE / MORE INFO: http://www.solowfa.com/

TESTIMONIALS (those without names are from post-course anonymous feedback forms):

"The course blew my expectations out of the water."

"I was ... in denial about what could go wrong in a hike. I feel much more prepared now. Everyone who hikes should take this course!"

"It was the *very best* first aid I ever attended and I've attended many."

"The numerous examples of hands-on practice in evaluating, moving and treating patients gave us lots of practice in applying what we learned."

"Best instructor on the East Coast (based on 4 other courses)."

"The encyclopedia knowledge of the instructor. The instructor's willingness to address questions, and willingness to provide individualized attention."

"When I walked in the door, the idea of being responsible for someone in a backcountry {or disaster} medical emergency was terrifying. Now I feel confident that I can help."

"I came upon a motorcycle accident with 3 injured people. I was able to preserve their lives because of my SOLO training." - 2-day course graduate Jacquie W., 10/31/2013

"Shortly after receiving my WFA cert ... I was one of the first to arrive at the rolled SUV and assessed the scene. Most of the emergent volunteers were milling around the SUV, wondering what to do ... I took control to treat her ... Police and fire/rescue had not yet arrived, although plenty of 911 calls went out ... I credit being able to successfully treat my 'patient' to your WFA training." Ian K., 6/5/2008

"Take the class, Save a life!"

>> More testimonials: http://www.solowfa.com/course-reviews-MEDIC-SOLO-disaster-wilderness-first-aid.htm

>> REGISTRATION ONLINE + MORE INFO: http://www.solowfa.com/
Address: University of Virginia Outdoor Recreation
Orange, Virginia
Contact Name: Matthew Rosefsky
Contact Phone: 434-INJURED (434-465-8733)
More Info Link: www.solowfa.com
Date: Thursday, 5/18/2017
Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Time: 6:45 PM
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