Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center is hosting two intensive wilderness medical training workshops for students and other outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. The Wilderness First Responder Certification Course will take place Jan. 2-10, 2019 at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, about eight miles south of Carbondale off Giant City Road. Participants will learn how to handle medical emergencies that occur when calling 911 isn’t possible or help is too far away.
The course will cover patient assessment, body systems, trauma, environmental medicine, toxins, back-country medicine, wilderness rescue and other relevant topics. Those who complete the course will be prepared to handle emergency situations involving prolonged patient care, harsh environments and use of improvised equipment. The class format is fast-paced with instruction each morning and practical skills work covering everything from stretcher construction to full-scale rescue simulations during afternoons and evenings.
The Wilderness First Responder Course and re-certification are collaborative efforts involving Touch of Nature Environmental Center and Wilderness Medical Associates. The course instructor is Darren Stokes who is a Certified Wilderness Medical Technician with over 30 years of experience as a professional outdoor guide and instructor.
Anyone who would like to sign up or obtain more information may contact Erik Oberg at 618/453-3945, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a 10% discount for SIU students, faculty, and staff for the full course only.