ERIC Number: ED335167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Emergency Medical Treatment for the "Wilderness" Context.
National Association for Search and Rescue, Fairfax, VA.
This paper offers a brief outline of the training curriculum developed by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) for its Wilderness Medicine Programs. The training modules are designed for wilderness search and rescue units, rural emergency medical services (EMS) squads, military medics, backcountry rangers, epedition leaders, outdoor instructors, and others who provide emergency care in remote areas. NASAR's Wilderness Emergency Medical Training (WEMT) series and its Wilderness First Responder (WFR) program provide an effective solution to the past problems of wilderness EMS. The NASAR programs are continuing education modules. Wilderness emergency treatment requires modification of concentrated procedures and techniques that have been developed for the rapid-transport ambulance context. Course content and design were developed from prototype programs operated since 1984. Specific course components include such areas as backcountry medicine, wilderness rescue, equipment, wilderness toxins, and trauma. Certification, prerequisites, and supplemental programs are described for both the WEMT and WFR. Certification is provided by NASAR, which works with individual state EMS agencies to develop appropriate mechanisms to authorize EMS providers to utilize wilderness procedures and techniques. (TES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association for Search and Rescue, Fairfax, VA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Experiential Education (16th, Carbondale, IL, October 13-16, 1988).