Wilderness First Aid Training Boy Scouts Unknown Facts

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Wilderness First Aid Training Boy Scouts: Unknown Facts

The Wilderness First Aid is a 16-hour training, hands-on course to provide Scouts with the experience needed to handle injury and illness when medical care is more than an hour away. When paired with CPR/AED certifications, Scouts are appropriately prepared to deal with emergencies and routine medical issues that may happen on an outdoor adventure. Today, I’ll share some unknown facts about Wilderness First Aid Training here.

Size Up The Scene, First

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If you come across a wounded person, take some moments to stand back, survey the scene and do a safety check. Are there clues suggesting what happened? Is it secure for you to approach the victim? During the Simon Kenton wilderness first aid course, students have presented scenes of “actors” with fake injuries.

“They put us in a scenario with several different victims to see how we would examine it,” replies Blake Litz, 16, also from Troop 325. However, “We had to piece together what happened.”

Then, Do An Initial Assessment And Then A Hands-On Exam

A primary assessment checks for urgent medical concerns, like breathing problems or severe bleeding. Treatment for issues like these needs immediate care. Don’t forget to shield yourself from infectious diseases by donning personal protective equipment like goggles, disposable gloves, etc.

Once these concerns have been either fixed or are determined not to be a problem, a hands-on exam is a next step in deciding what is wrong with the patient. However, it involves checking the patient from head to toe. You should ask where it hurts and if it hurts when touched. Always be aware of unusual behavior, such as coughing.

Treating Chest Injuries

It’s quite obvious that any significant injury to the chest might lead to difficulty breathing, a potentially serious and life-threatening problem. However, pain is generally present, and the patient might complain of pain while taking a deep breath.

Increased difficulty in breathing normally indicates the injury is becoming worse. Moreover, any patient who has sustained a chest injury associated with rising difficulty in breathing must be evacuated quickly.

How To Handle Shock And Heart Attack By WFA?

Basically, the shock is a condition in which the patient’s body and brain aren’t getting enough oxygen. It can occur from various illnesses and injuries, but the symptoms and signs are similar.

The patients who in shock might appear anxious, have a rapid and weak heart rate, take shallow and rapid breaths, and appear pale with clammy and cool skin.

Shock can kill, so it’s essential to treat it quickly. Try to keep the patient calm, warm and lying down. And raise their feet up to 12 inches as long as the patient doesn’t have any pelvic, spinal, or leg injuries. 

Basically, heart attack patients might complain of crushing or squeezing pain, heaviness in the chest, pain spreading to the left arm, shoulder, back or jaw; shortness of breath; nausea or vomiting; severe sweating (without exertion); light-headedness or dizziness. If any of these symptoms arise and a heart attack is suspected, Be Prepared to perform CPR. Please provide them with aspirin to chew unless they are allergic, or there is any other reason not to.

Treating Head And Spine Injuries By WFA

A period of unconsciousness during which the victim does not respond to aggressive stimulation might indicate severe brain damage. It’s essential to establish and maintain an airway in all unconscious patients. Moving a spine-injured victim must only be performed when necessary, and proper planning must be in place to decrease unnecessary movements.

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