Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA)-First Aid Course/ Helsinki
Registration for the course ends three (3) weeks before the start of each course. When registering, a reservation fee is paid, which is returned only if the course is cancelled.
An entry-level course designed for professionals working in significantly remote settings for days or weeks. Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Wilderness Medicine differs significantly from standard first aid courses and other training that are oriented toward urban environments. This course teaches how to manage medical emergencies when hospitals and rescue services may not be available for an extensive time period. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments, and improvised equipment.
Trainer: the training is provided by Suomen Eräensiavun's Ville Melkko. Ville is a lifeguard by training and a nurse with a Master's degree. Ville currently works as a paramedic in Lapland, but he also has work experience in, among other things, rescue operations and international crisis management. In his free time, Ville himself moves in the backcountry in all seasons either on foot, skis, kayak or mountain bike. More about Ville at www.eraensiapu.fi
The language of instruction for the courses is English, the learning materials are in English.
The background community of the training - Wilderness Medical Associates has been offering quality first aid training since the 80s.
Content of training
- The general principles of wilderness and rescue medicine
- Patient assessment and emergency care including CPR, basic life support, and the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis
- Environmental medicine including hypothermia and heat illness, lightning, submersion
- Backcountry medicine including the assessment and treatment of common medical problems.
- Musculoskeletal problems including unstable and stable injuries, overuse syndromes
- Wound management including open fractures, lacerations, burns and blisters.
- Practical skills including splinting, bandaging
- WMA wilderness protocols including wound cleaning and exploration, spine injury assessment, CPR in the remote setting, and anaphylaxis