The Wilderness Herbal First Responder is 92 hours of Wilderness First Aid combined with remote and post-disaster herbalism. The WHFR also includes a 40-hour WFA certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), CPR certification, and a Wilderness First Responder certification through The Human Path.
This is the merging of the worlds of remote or post-disaster medicine (“ditch medicine”) with the world of herbalism and includes most of the herbal information and all (plus some) of the hands-on experience of the Herbal Medic Basic course. PLUS, this course includes all of the wilderness first responder curriculum that allows the student to be a competent first aid provider right from the get-go in the case of illness, injury or even chronic health issue.
FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION IS BELOW.
This course is geared toward a number of different types of students:
• The outdoor enthusiast, camp counselor, outdoor recreational employee who wants in-depth training on injury and illness management in the field.
• The camper, hiker or rock-climber who wants more much more intensive learning, geared toward outdoor environments, than a standard first aid course.
• The prepper (disaster preparedness) who wants to be self-sufficient medically and not even necessarily reliant on orthodox pharmaceuticals.
• The herbalist who wants higher intensity training across the board from wilderness first aid to herbal medicine in a remote environment.
• The emergency medicine professional who wants to expand his/her horizons into indefinite medical care that includes botanical medicines (field herbalism).
Dates: March 12th – 21st, 2020.
Location: San Antnonio, TX. Detailed directions will be emailed out to all enrolled students prior to the course.
Lodging: Free camping to enrolled students on the property. Students are responsible for their own meals, but a meal plan may be available at an additional cost.
Registration will remain open until March 7th, 2020.
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The full course includes all of the following skills:
- Legal definitions and introduction to Wilderness Medicine
- Working in a chronic vs. acute disaster situation
- 1, 2, 3 person carries and stretcher carries, improvisation with limited equipment
- Common backcountry Injuries – The ankle, OTTAWA Rules, establishing CSM
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #1: Ankle wrap (lecture and hands-on)
- Shock, Types, Herbs for Shock.
- Bio-regional Plant walk
- Introduction to knots and lashings
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #2: Head Injuries (lecture and hands-on)
- Primary Survey
- Secondary Survey (lecture and hands-on practice)
- Bio-regional Herb Lesson: Decoctions in the field
- Herbs for Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat Ailments in the Field
- Patient Carries: Cocoon wrap (demo and practice)
- Herb Lesson: Percolation tincturing in the field (demo and hands-on practice)
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #3: Shoulder to Ribs
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #4: Occlusive Dressings and their uses
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #5: Compression Bandages (demo and practice)
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #6: Field Expedient Tourniquets (lecture, demo and practice)
- Pelvic Injuries
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #7: Buddy Splinting (demo and hands-on practice)
- Bio-Regional Plant Walk
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques #8: Traction Splints
- Open vs. Closed Fractures (lecture)
- Mini Scenarios (hands on practice of skills)
- Wound and Infection Management Lecture
- 4 Stages of Wound Healing
- Bio-regional herbs for Wound Management
- Precordial Thump
- Heimleich Maneuver: Self-administered, for an upright patient, for a supine patient
- Clearing the Airway
- CPR in the Field
- CPR Basics
- CPR and AED testing
- Secondary Survey Practical Exercise
- The Austere Team: Provider roles in the field. Food allergies. (team exercise)
- Environmental Hazards: Heat, Cold, Lightning strikes
- Snakes and venomous bites
- Spiders and Insects
- Poisonous plants in the field
- Interactive Team Stations: Wound Closure using Steri-strips and irrigating the wound
- EPI pens in the field and anaphylaxis
- Sawyer Extractors for venomous bites and stings
- Pin-hole glasses for snow blindness
- The Austere Team: Provider assessment of team provisions (team exercise #2)
- Bandaging/Splinting Techniques #8: Knee testing and wrapping (demo and hands-on practice)
- Mini Scenarios: triage exercise
- Clearing the C-Spine (Lecture and practice)
- Tourniquet Conversion in the field
- Knots: The water knot for rescue harnesses
- Interactive Team Stations: Creating a rescue harness
- Tourniquet conversion
- Clearing the C-Spine
- Compression bandaging
- The Austere Team: Provider assessment and plan for quantities of provisions and necessary gear
- Bio-Regional Herb Lesson: wildcrafting and field medicine preparations
- Making activated charcoal, part 1 (hands-on)
- Final Exam
- Lecture: Emergencies in the field – from drownings to hypoglycemia
- Building a first aid kit
- Review of final exam
- Making activated charcoal, part 2 (hands-on0
- Bio-Regional Herb Lesson: completion of field medicine making preparation
- Radio and Commo in an austere environment (lecture)
- The Austere Team: Provider lecture wrap up of provision amounts, gear and transport (team exercise)
- Base Camp Set Up Exercise: interactive team hands-on training
- (Working in a post-disaster environment, creating an area of operations for mobile medic teams, the dispatch and holding area, gear inventory, working with emergency radios and establishing clinic, dispatch and mobile rescue teams)
- Group Scenarios: post disaster response
- 10th Day Triage
- Establishing of an Incident Command Center
- Team Exercise: Triage exercise for emergency with multiple injuries
- Completion and Course Graduation