By Betsy Natter
Picture yourself out on the open trail, deep in the woods or on a canoe trip miles from the nearest roadway. What happens if a medical emergency arises? Are you prepared to manage the situation and take care of someone in your group, getting them stabilized and evacuated to receive medical care?
If you are the leader of a scout group, a camp counselor, or an outdoor enthusiast and need to be better prepared for emergencies that may arise while enjoying the outdoor world, then this Wilderness First Aid Training Course is for you. Sponsored by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, the Red Cross certification course will be held on Sat., January 27 and Sun., January 28 from 9 am to 5 pm both days.
The course runs for a full 16 hours over the two day period and participants must attend both days for the duration of the class. Upon completion, students will be certified for a two year period in both First Aid and CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator).
Topics to be covered include advanced assessment and evacuation procedures, an overview of types of injuries to the head, chest, bone and joints as well as altitude and lightening injuries, controlling bleeding, attending to shock, heart attacks and allergic reactions as well as submersion and heat and cold emergencies. Additional topics will also be addressed.
The cost of the course is $135 for Conservancy members and $145 for non-members. Registrations can be made online at www.perkiomenwatershed.org. The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy is located at 1 Skippack Pk., Schwenksville, PA 19473.