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Basic Wilderness First Aid with Steve Donelan

February 24, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Basic Wilderness First Aid February 24, 2019 Steve Donelan
Loma Prieta Chapter office: 3921 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto CA 94303
To register email the instructor: [masked]. cc: [masked]Cost: $50 for Sierra Club members; $60 for non-members.
Payment: Mail check (made out to Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter) 
to Barbara Kelsey, Chapter Coordinator, 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto CA 94303.

Textbook: available from Amazon and NASAR (www.wildernessemergencycare.org):
Wilderness First Aid by Steve Donelan (2018)
OR Wilderness Emergency Care, Third Edition, Revised by Steve Donelan (2018)
You can use the old edition of Steve’s Wilderness Emergency Care if you have it, but the new edition is greatly revised, updated, and expanded. It includes everything that we teach up to the Wilderness EMT level.
The new WFA book includes just what we teach in the WFA class.

Steve’s Web site: http://www.wildernessemergencycare.com

BRING lunch & outdoor equipment to improvise splints: poles, foam sleeping pads, etc.

Schedule : Sunday 8am to 5pm
8:00 Environmental hazards: heat, cold, altitude, lightning, sunburn
9:45 Wilderness wound & burn care: PRACTICE bandaging
12:00 Lunch break
12:30 Biological hazards: water, bugs, snakes, bears, & plants
2:00 Bone & joint injuries: PRACTICE assessing bone & joint injuries & splinting
3:30 Specific injuries affecting vital organs and vital functions
Medical problems in the wilderness
Legal aspects of first aid.
4:50 Graduation.

Want to learn many more skills and upgrade your certification?
Register for the Sunday session of Steve’s WFA class in Berkeley on March 17 
by emailing the instructor: [masked].
Mention that you completed Steve’s BWFA class in Palo Alto in February.
Location: SF Bay Chapter office, 2530 San Pablo Avenue.
Cost: $30 for Sierra Club members; $40 for non-members.
Pay in class: Cash or check to Steve Donelan Wilderness First Aid study questions
Try answering these questions before and after doing the class to find out how much you’ve learned. Then use the textbook to check your answers.

On the second day of a camping trip, your sole companion falls and gashes his arm. The wound is dirty, but not bleeding very much. You are a day from the trailhead. Describe what you would do, including:
Cleaning the wound.
What kind of bandage and dressing you would use.
Signs and symptoms of infection to check.
Preventing infection.
How you would make the decision whether to continue or walk out.

On a wilderness trip, your friend tumbles 30 feet down a steep slope and then complains that her lower right leg really hurts. She doesn’t want to try to get up. Describe what you would do, including:
What other possible injuries you would need to rule out.
How you would examine the leg that is hurting and what you would check..
What you would do if the leg was crooked and there was no pulse or sensation in the foot.
How you would splint it if it were fractured, using what you carry or would find on the scene.
What other patient care you would give.

Heat & dehydration
List and describe four ways that your body gets rid of excess heat in warm weather.
List at least three ways that you can protect yourself against overheating in strenuous wilderness activities.
Describe what you would do on a hike if your friend’s leg were doubled up with heat cramps.
Describe how you would recognize and treat heat exhaustion on a wilderness trip.
Describe how you would recognize and treat heat stroke in a strenuous warm weather activity.

List some of your favorite tips for staying warm and preventing hypothermia, including clothing.
List some early warning signs that someone is starting to go into hypothermia.
If your friend is getting chilled on a cold weather trip, how could you warm him/her up?
List the progressive signs and symptoms you might find as hypothermia became more serious.
How would you prevent, frostbite in the wilderness?


February 24
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


3921 E Bayshore Rd
3921 E Bayshore Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94303 us
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