Health + Wellness

Wilderness First Aid certification* is a one-day course that will teach you to prepare for your outing, assess scene safety and injuries, decide whether to evacuate or treat a patient, and determine the best method of field treatment. Fast-paced and hands-on, this course is preparation for the prevention and management of real emergencies that can occur in the wild. The course covers a wide range of outdoor and back-country topics and will teach participants to assess and deal with medical and trauma situations with limited resources. The course-time will be divided between lectures and practical applications of the content with medical and trauma scenarios in the outdoors of the Arboretum.

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Instructors: Drs. Jane Corboy and John Rogers are certified in Family Medicine, Sports Medicine and Advanced Wilderness Life Support. They are award-winning teachers with extensive experience in mountaineering, whitewater rafting, and backpacking.
Description: WFA was created for all outdoor enthusiasts including: scout leaders, hikers, bikers, skiers, climbers, kayakers, hunters, fishermen and trail runners. Topics will include Essentials for Wilderness Travel (10 Essentials, Wilderness Kits, Water Disinfection), Environmental Injuries (Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Lightning, Drowning), Patient Assessment (Fractures, Dislocations, Sprains, Splinting, Wound Management, Head Injuries, Spine Management, Patient Transport) and Wilderness Medical and Trauma Scenarios.
Participants will receive a textbook and a field guide with the course. At the end of the day, participants will receive a BWLS certificate*.
*Accredited by the University of Utah School of Medicine
Note: Minimum course registration of 12 required. The course is subject to cancellation if there are fewer than 12 registrants at least 2 weeks in advance of the course. Participants should prepare to be outdoors with appropriate clothing, insect repellent and sun protection. Minimum age of 16 with parent present/co-registered.
Cost: $125 M and BCM or UTHSC Medical Students / $155 NM (Includes $60 certification fee, $15 book, breakfast bagels with OJ & coffee, and lunch)
Note:Med Students, please contact Carol Taylor at 713-366-0421 for a special registration link.   Register online
This class is full and now closed to registration. Please contact the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center to inquire about available openings.

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