FREEPORT, ME – L.L. Bean has partnered with Wilderness Medical Associates to offer a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course. This course, unlike the standard Wilderness First Aid, is available exclusively for women. WFA training is imperative for people who are looking to experience outdoor adventure, safely, giving you the knowledge and confidence to assess and…

As you may know, a number of people from a variety of wilderness training organization wrote a Scope of Practice (SOP) document in 2010 for Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses.  The intent was to clearly articulate what we believe to be the intended audience of such a course and what a graduate of a 16 hour WFA should be trained…



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Walking through the first aid aisle at your local outfitter store can be overwhelming. While there are many excellent prepared kits on the market, often enthusiasts choose to create and specialize their own.  Your kit will be different based on where you are camping and hiking. Trips at altitude, near marine environments or canyoning, and…

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A medical advisor can and should be an integral part of your risk management team, not just the person who writes prescriptions for epinephrine. Functions could include review and advice on policies that have to do with safety, medical management and treatment protocols. If you do any screening, an adviser can also give some guidance…

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We are pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised, spiral-bound Field Guide of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine and the fold-out Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Guide. Each reflects our understanding of current advances in the medicine utilized in wilderness and low-resource settings; while both retain their simplicity and practical utility.

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If you heard about the man who survived a cardiac arrest by receiving 96 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), you might be wondering how I feel now about our position on when to discontinue CPR.

We have steered away from silver sulfadiazine (e.g., Silvadene) at work for years. We have found that products like a vasoline-type gauze, e.g., Xeroform, is more comfortable and easier to maintain requiring fewer banadage changes.

What is the best way to cool off a heat stroke victim? The simple answer? Using the resources at hand, aggressively lower the person’s body temperature to 39°C (102.2°F) as quickly as possible.  Anything longer than 30 minutes has the potential to have more profound and long lasting pathophysiologic effects. The debate about treatment revolves…

If there was nothing else available, would ingestion of a steroid cream be a suitable and effective alternative for prednisone?

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Some people are insistent that smaller snakes are more dangerous. This idea has always felt counterintuitive to me. The explanations seem fanciful at best.

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