Posts Categorized: General

L.L. Bean to offer Women’s-Only Wilderness First Aid

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… Read more »



Scope of Practice: Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

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… Read more »



Building a Wilderness First Aid Kit

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… Read more »



Finding a Medical Advisor for your Outdoor Program

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… Read more »



Newly Revised: Wilderness Medicine Field Guides

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.



Q: We routinely use Silvadene for burn treatment at our hospital. I understand that you are not too keen on it. Why?

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.



Heat Stroke Treatment: What is the best way to cool off a heat stroke victim?

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… Read more »