One Minute Evergreen–Wilderness First Responder

 

Each summer, The Evergreen State College offers a Wilderness First Responder course taught by instructor Joel Reid. The course is structured as a nine day intensive; and over the course of that time students learn how to administer CPR, clean and dress wounds, treat for allergic reactions and exposure to toxins, and more. They learn to stabilize the injured, and carry them safely, and when to bring in help. Each of the skills taught is reinforced with simulations that give the students hands-on practice.

 

The session ends with a mass-casualty simulation on the final day of class. This year, the casualty was a kayak accident staged at the Evergreen beach. Six students played kayakers who were tossed like flotsam by a large wave off shore. They washed up land with a variety of “injuries” from spinal damage to diabetes. The remaining students in rushed to their aid to assess and treat their injuries, and to help them from the beach.

 

This final simulation is the subject of our latest One Minute Evergreen. Please watch, and enjoy.

 

Wilderness First Responder instructor Joel Reid gives tips on how to stabilize an injured person while assessing their injury. -- Shauna Bittle

Wilderness First Responder instructor Joel Reid gives tips on how to stabilize an injured person while assessing their injury. — Shauna Bittle photo

Students practice finding a pulse and administering CPR on the first day of the Wilderness First Responder summer intensive. -- Shauna Bittle photo

Students practice finding a pulse and administering CPR on the first day of the Wilderness First Responder summer intensive. — Shauna Bittle photo

A student takes notes on identifying and treating spider bites. -- Shauna Bittle photo

A student takes notes on identifying and treating spider bites. — Shauna Bittle photo

A team of responders prepare to do a princess carry for a student with a simulated leg injury. -- Shauna Bittle photo

A team of responders prepare to do a princess carry for a student with a simulated leg injury. — Shauna Bittle photo

Student responders wrap a water-soaked "victim" in a sleeping bag during the mass casualty simulation that wraps up the Wilderness First Responder course. -- Shauna Bittle photo

Student responders wrap a water-soaked “victim” in a sleeping bag during the mass casualty simulation that wraps up the Wilderness First Responder course. — Shauna Bittle photo