Our Wilderness Herbal First Responder is a certification demonstrating 100 hours of Wilderness First Responder (80 hours on-campus and 20 hours online) combined with remote and post-disaster herbalism. The WHFR also includes a 40-hour Advanced Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), CPR certification, and an 80-hour Wilderness First Responder certification card 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 a practical foundation in the use of herbal medicine for acute and critical care situations in the field. PLUS, this course includes a full Wilderness First Responder curriculum that allows the student to be a competent first aid provider in the field, 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).
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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 and 3 person carries and stretcher carries, improvisation with limited equipment
- Ankle and Knee assessment and taping
- Shock assessment and treatment
- The acute abdomen
- Bio-regional Plant identification walks
- Introduction to knots and lashings
- Head Injuries (lecture and hands-on)
- Primary Survey
- Secondary Survey (physical exam, vital signs, SAMPLE history)
- Herbal Preparations and administrations in the field
- Herbs for Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat Ailments in the Field
- Herbs to help support the body recover from various types of shock
- Percolation tincturing in the field
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Shoulder to Ribs
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Occlusive Dressings and their uses
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Compression Bandages
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Field Expedient Tourniquets
- Pelvic Injuries
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Buddy Splinting
- Bandaging/Taping Techniques: Traction Splints
- Open vs. Closed Fractures
- Mini Scenarios
- Wound and Infection Management (including herbs)
- CPR/AED certification
- Secondary Survey Practical Exercises
- The Austere Team: Provider roles in the field. Food allergies.
- Environmental Hazards: Heat, Cold, Altitude, Lightning strikes
- Venom and venomous bites
- Poisonous plants in the field
- Wound Closure methods
- The Austere Team: Provider assessment of team provisions
- Spine management in the field (to include clearing the spine)
- Making and using activated charcoal
- Medical and environmental emergencies in the field – from drowning to hypoglycemia
- Building first aid kits
- Radio and Communications
- Group Scenarios: post disaster response
- Low light triage scenarios
- Establishing of an Incident Command Center