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Wilderness First Aid | AHA CPR and First Aid

Are you prepared to enter the wilderness?  The wilderness first aid certification course that Lifesaver CPR teaches is designed to teach those individuals that are planning a high-adventure trip, such as the Boy Scouts, how to improvise, prepare, evacuate, if necessary, splint a number of different parts of the body, assess a victim, treat the patient for a wide range of wilderness injuries, etc.

In the following quote within a Dallas Morning News article, an Alaskan hiker was killed by a bear; it looks like the referenced hiker ignored some of his training, which illustrates the importance of the learning first aid for the wilderness and then following what was taught in the course so that one has the best chance of surviving a trip to the wilderness.

“Rangers in a helicopter spotted a large male grizzly bear sitting on the hiker’s remains, which they called a “food cache” in the underbrush about 100 to 150 yards from the site of the attack on Friday. A state trooper shot and killed the bear on Saturday, and investigators will examine its stomach contents and use other tests to confirm it’s the animal that killed the hiker.There’s no indication that the man’s death was the result of anything other than a bear attack, investigators said, adding that it’s the first known fatal mauling in the park’s nearly century-long history…Prior to receiving a permit to hike in the area, all backpackers in the park receive mandatory bear awareness training that teaches them to stay at least a quarter-mile away from bears, and to slowly back away if they find themselves any closer. Investigators confirmed that the hiker had received that training” (Reference: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20120825-grizzly-bear-kills-hiker-in-first-such-fatal-attack-on-record-in-denali-national-park1.ece, viewed March 10, 2013).

If you are planning a trip to the wilderness or other high-adventure trip, contact Lifesaver CPR (214-704-3891214-704-3891) so that you are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and abilities for when you enter the wilderness and thereby have the best chance of survival so that you can exit the wilderness safely!  Contact Lifesaver CPR also to schedule your American Heart Association CPR and AED class prior to your wilderness adventure!

 

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