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WFR

WFR Recertification

The WFR Recertification course is designed to recertify and refresh current Wilderness First Responders. To meet a variety of student needs, WMA offers two different course models for the WFR Recertification course: a 3-day WFR Recertification and a Hybrid WFR Recertification.

WEMS

COURSE CONTENT

The course will focus on the review of the major curricular areas and skills taught in a Wilderness First Responder course. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • The general principles of wilderness and rescue medicine with an emphasis on identifying medical emergencies, critical thinking, and risk management.

  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR and AED use, basic life support skills, the patient assessment system, patient reporting, and calling for help.

  • Treatment of injuries from traumatic mechanisms and the treatment of musculoskeletal problems such as overuse syndromes and dislocations.

  • Environmental medicine including illness and injuries related to altitude, temperature, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.

  • Backcountry medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.

  • Non-technical lifting, moving, and extrication of patients with an emphasis on spinal motion restriction when applicable.

  • Practical Skills including bleeding control, wound management, bandaging, splinting, spine stable patient packaging, hypothermia management, medical kit preparation.

  • WMA International wilderness protocols, including treatment of anaphylaxis, wound management, CPR in a remote setting, spine injury assessment, reduction of simple dislocations, and treatment for severe asthma.

EVALUATION

Successful completion with certification is based on:

  • Attendance (100% attendance is mandatory)

  • Practical patient simulations

  • Hands-on activities

  • Successful grade on a final written exam.

Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

CURRICULUM

Pre-course preparation, exams, and class time focuses on competency with the patient assessment system, critical system problems, management of life threats, wilderness protocols, environmental injuries, management of common injuries and illnesses, and critical thinking. The specific content and skills reviewed will vary based on the needs of the group.

CERTIFICATION
&
Recertification

  • Wilderness First Responder certification

  • WEMS Upgrade Recertification

  • CPR Certification (Based on ERC guidelines)

Certifications are valid for three years.

Recertification

Certifications are valid for three years. Graduates of this course may recertify by taking the Bridge (WAFA to WFR) or by repeating this course.

PREREQUISITES

WMA International-trained WEMS cardholders may recertify their WEMS in a WMA WFR Recertification course. 

Prior to enrolling, please review our Functional Position Description.

 The criteria in this policy allow students to self-assess their ability to meet the demands of a WMA International course as well as the demands of a certified wilderness medical provider in the field.

CURRICULUM

The Wilderness First Aid curriculum involves a minimum of 16 hours of instruction. In-class learning involves lecture, discussion, patient assessment drills, and skills labs. Students are encouraged to use their textbook to expand their knowledge after the course.

COURSE CONTENT
  • Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR and AED use, basic life support skills, the patient assessment system, patient reporting, and calling for help.

  • Treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, including splinting.

  • Environmental medicine including illness and injuries related to temperature, lightning, submersion, and environmental toxins.

  • Non-technical lifting, moving, and extrication of patients with an emphasis on spinal motion restriction when applicable.

  • Management of wounds such as lacerations, burns, and blisters. 

  • Practical Skills including bleeding control, wound cleaning, bandaging, splinting, spine stable patient packaging, hypothermia management, medical kit preparation.

  • Recognition of signs and symptoms associated with serious medical emergencies.

  • WMA International wilderness protocols including treatment of anaphylaxis and wound management.

Successful completion with certification is based on:

  • Attendance (100% attendance is mandatory)

  • Practical patient simulations

  • Hands-on activities

  • Successful grade on a final written exam.

 

Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.

EVALUATION
(RE)CERTIFICATION
  • Wilderness First Aid Certification

  • Adult CPR Certification (Based on ERC guidelines)

 

Certifications are valid for three year

 

Recertification

Certifications are valid for three years. Graduates of this course should take another WFA course or consider upgrading to the Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder.

Prior to enrolling, please review our Functional Position Description.

 The criteria in this policy allow students to self-assess their ability to meet the demands of a WMA International course as well as the demands of a certified wilderness medical provider in the field.

PREREQUISITES

WFR Recertification options

3-day WFR Recertification

  •  In-person training over three days for a total of 24-30 hours of class time.

  • Students are expected to review their previous course literature and come prepared to perform.

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