Wilderness First Responder

How To Recognize, Treat, And Prevent Emergencies In The Backcountry

Book Description

The cutting edge in medical training for wilderness rescue and self care

Wilderness First Responder is a comprehensive text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of backcountry emergencies. It's essential reading for wilderness educators, trip leaders, guides, search and rescue groups, and anyone who works or plays far from definitive medical care.

This invaluable resource includes expert, step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and “Signs and Symptoms” sidebars designed to help anyone provide immediate care in the wilderness—whenever they are more than an hour away from an ambulance or a hospital. It shows how to conduct a patient assessment, improvise when ideal materials are not handy, and decide whether or not to evacuate a patient. Readers will learn how to assess and treat:

  • Airway obstructions
  • Cardiac arrest
  • External and internal bleeding
  • Shock
  • Spine injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Chest injuries
  • Abdominal injuries
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Athletic injuries
  • Soft-tissue injuries
  • Cold- or heat-induced injuries
  • Altitude sickness
  • Insect bites & stings
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Poisoning emergencies
  • Allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
  • And much, much more


About Tilton, Buck

Buck Tilton is co-founder of the Wildernes Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which has become the largest school of wilderness medicine in the world. Buck has been a teacher of first aid for almost 30 years and for six of those, worked on an ambulance and volunteering in a hospital emergency rooms. He remains active, taking on assignments as a first responder in remote locations.

Buck is a regular columnist for Backpacker magazine and is also the author of Knack Knots You Need and Knack Hiking & Backpacking. His many books for FalconGuides, including the award-winning Wilderness First Responder, have sold more than 100,000 copies combined.

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