Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Galena Lodge offers first responder course

How to handle emergencies

Galena Lodge 23 miles north of Ketchum is sponsoring a 72-hour, hands-on Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course from June 3-11.

The intensive backcountry medical training course will show students how to deal with medical emergencies when they are miles from help and dialing 911 is not an option.

Wilderness Medicine differs from traditional first aid in three respects.

Transport times are measured in hours and days rather than minutes, so many phases of patient care that usually occur in a hospital must be carried out in the field.

Secondly, severe environments dramatically increase the complexity of any emergency and heighten risks to patients and rescuers. Lastly, limited equipment makes improvisation and resourcefulness essential.

Classes are fast-paced with an emphasis on practical skills. Mornings are devoted to lectures, while afternoons and evenings are spent outside working on everything from stretcher construction to full-scale rescue simulations.

This course is recommended for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who spend time in remote areas.

Graduates are certified by Wilderness Medical Associates. The course requires 14 participants and will be cancelled and refunded by May 2 if minimum numbers aren't met. Immediate registration is suggested.

Call Galena Lodge and ask for Erin Zell at 726-4010 for logistical information or Wilderness Medical Associates at (888) WILD-MED for curriculum information. Course cost $600 (includes lunch and snacks) and lodging is possible.

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