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Wilderness First Responder Course Offered

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February 8, 2012 by wcobserver

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The need for remote medical first responders is being addressed when, for its second year, the Ozarks Outdoors program at University of the Ozarks hosts a nationally recognized Wilderness First Responder course presented by the Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) from March 17-25 on the Clarksville campus.

The certification course is designed to provide people with the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations.

‚ÄčSpecial topics include: wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long term management problems, up-to-date information on all environmental emergencies, plus advice on drug therapies.

‚ÄčThe nine-day, 80-hour Wilderness First Responder curriculum also includes standards for urban and extended care situations. The WMI Adult and Child CPR are included and the course is pre-approved for 70 hours of EMT Continuing Education Hours.

Participants must be at least 16 years old. The cost to register is $595 which does not cover lodging or food. A limited number of hostel bunks are available at the Ozarks Outdoors BaseCamp, along with a limited number of primitive campsites at the Ozarks Outdoors DemoCamps on campus. Registration by March 1 is recommended.

For more information on the course, contact Hedges by e-mail at outdoors@ozarks.edu or by calling 479-979-1386.

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