Wilderness First Responder

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Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies, written by wilderness expert Buck Tilton with more than a dozen medical professionals. It is essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care.

This invaluable resource includes expert step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and signs and symptoms sidebars designed to help you provide immediate care in the wilderness-whenever you are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a medical facility. It shows how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate the injured.

The first teaching manual ever for the "Wilderness First Responder" course, this title represents the cutting edge in medical training for wilderness rescue and self care. The schools affiliated with Tilton's program include the Wilderness Medicine Institute, a subsidiary of NOLS, and SOLO.

Learn how to assess and treat:

  • Airway obstructions
  • Cardiac arrest
  • External and internal bleeding
  • Shock
  • Spine, Head, Chest, and Abdominal injuries
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Athletic injuries
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Cold or Heat induced injuries
  • Altitude sickness
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Poisoning emergencies
  • Allergic reactions and Anaphylaxis


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