Beyond the Band Aid: Wilderness Survival & Trauma Course
|Location||PLACE, ST. ADDRESS, TOWN, STATE ZIP|
0900-1700 each day
Class specific information will be sent to you
via email after you sign up.
You receive a Pocket Life Saver: Wilderness Survival Kit to take home upon graduation.
You will learn:
- The 3 injuries that will kill you before the ambulance arrives
- How to stopgap those injuries until the pros arrive.
- Tourniquet Application and Myth Busting
- Airway Maintenance (Nasopharyngeal Airway)
- Pressure Dressing Application
- How to deal with a sucking chest wound (Tension Pneumothorax)
- Emergency Fire Starting and Signaling
- Dealing with Hypothermia and Shock
- Emergency Water Purification
- Basic Map Reading, Direction and Compass Use
- Professor Paul's Lagniappes
Medical emergencies know no boundaries; they can happen in the city, suburbs, and out in the country. Unlike the urban and suburban environment, where you can expect and ambulance to arrive in ten to twenty minutes, stepping out in the wilderness is another world.
When you step out into the woods, deserts, or mountains you need to be prepared to stop gap a life-threatening injury, call for help, and survive while awaiting the arrival of the professionals. Even seemingly small injuries can mean big trouble out in the wild.
The Beyond the BandAid Wilderness Survival course deals with all of the stop gap medical procedures of the standard course but includes material to help you survive in the wild. You will learn how to identify and treat the (3) leading preventable death injuries, how to use the gear found in most standard IFAK trauma kits, and sort through the fact and fiction of tourniquet use.
The Wilderness Survival section will teach you how to build an emergency fire and use it as a rescue signal. Map reading, compass direction and use will be addressed. Emergency water sources and purification techniques will be taught and practiced as will every aspect of the course. This is serious hands on training, not Powerpoint.
If you love to step off of the asphalt and out into God’s country, you owe it to yourself and your family to have not only the gear but the skill to master any challenge you might face in the wild.
The story below is an account of a situation
Professor Paul was involved in:
“She must have tried to take the curve too fast.” the husband told the state trooper in the post-crash investigation.
A couple in their early twenties took took their new motorcycles out for a ride in a sunny Sunday afternoon. Calamity struck when the young wife entered a curve on the country highway too quickly. She laid the bike down and slid into the steel guardrail. The impact with the “I” beam partially severed her right leg. By the time her husband turned his bike around and got to her she was bleeding heavily. He tried to put direct pressure on the wound with his hands and call 911 at the same time.
Tragically, the man had neither the training or the gear he needed to save his wife’s life. The tear in her femoral artery caused her to bleed to death before the ambulance could arrive.
I know of this story because it occurred in the city where I worked as a police officer. I spoke to the EMTs who arrived on scene and they agreed that she would have lived had someone at the scene understood how to stop a major bleeding injury.
You don’t have to be a Paramedic or EMT to save the life of a friend or loved one. The actions you take between the time 911 is called and the time the ambulance arrives can, indeed, be the difference between life and death.
We all realize that a firearm can be used to save our life against violent attackers, but what do you do when the fight is over and a good guy is bleeding? Good guys bleed too. Do you have the skills to stopgap a life-threatening wound while waiting for the professionals to arrive?
Successful graduates will leave with the ability to not only recognize life-threatening injuries, but stopgap those injuries and stabilize the victim until the pros arrive. Students will also take with them the gear to address those very issues.