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Risk Management & First Aid

The Risk Management and First Aid Group focuses on managing safety in outdoor programming.
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  • Blog Post: Wilderness First Aid Retention Study

    Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses are taught by multiple individuals and programs. They have become a standard for people working and recreating in the outdoors. Are they effective? Can the participants remember the information? Can they perform the skills? To investigate these questions NOLS Wilderness...
  • Blog Post: Building a Wilderness First Aid Kit

    Re-posted with permission from Wilderness Medical Associates International. Walking through the first aid aisle at your local outfitter store can be overwhelming. While there are many excellent prepared kits on the market, often enthusiasts choose to create and specialize their own. Your kit will be...
  • Blog Post: When to Use Tourniquets

    Re-posted with permission from Wilderness Medical Associates International. I am not sure that there is a consensus about their use but here is my opinion about tourniquets in remote and hostile environments. In brief: 1. Learn how to use one and practice with it. 2. Apply to stop bleeding not controlled...
  • Blog Post: Lightning Safety Awareness

    by Paul Auerbach This post relates information learned in a recent issue (Volume 22, Number 3, 2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine , published by the Wilderness Medical Society. In an article entitled “Lightning Safety Awareness of Visitors in Three California National...
  • Blog Post: Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice Update

    Folks This is an update on the wilderness first aid scope of practice process and documents. Our group of colleagues have been working steadily on these documents.We have circulated several drafts of the Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Scope of Practice document, considered the feedback we have received and...
  • Blog Post: Wilderness First Aid Scope of Practice

    The concept of consistency in the content of Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) programs is receiving much attention. Some folks seem to think there is chaos among the various providers with people teaching widely varying practices. I’m not so sure this is the case...
  • Blog Post: Sea Bather’s Rash

    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog From the month of May through September, oceangoers along the U.S. Gulf coast need to be concerned about a particular form of skin rash caused by tiny jellyfish. As the summer season progresses, this can also become...
  • Blog Post: Treatment for Burns

    by Paul Auerbach, M.D. reposted with permission from the Medicine for the Outdoors Blog 1. Remove the victim from the source of the burn. If his clothing is on fire, roll him on the ground or smother him in a blanket to extinguish the flames. If the victim has been burned with chemicals, gallons of water...
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