When I went to school to become an EMT, I figured all of the students there would be trying to either find a job as an EMT or they had a job that required them to be certified as one. Man, was I wrong. Several students took this class simply to learn more medical skills. And why shouldn’t they? The class is only one semester long and takes first aid to the next level. If nothing else, it makes being a parent a bit easier and less expensive, as you can size up an injury and treat it without having to go to a hospital for every bump and scrape that looks kinda scary.
After I got out of school and started thinking more about what I could do to advance my own skills to the next level, I became stumped. I could get my paramedic certification; the next level up. This would take time and money I didn’t really have. With that being too much for life at the moment, that pretty much meant any other certification of license was out of reach. Nursing was longer and more expensive. Then I came across wilderness EMT classes. This takes your EMT card and gives you the knowledge and skills to treat patients in a wilderness setting. The courses range from wilderness first responder just getting your feet wet to taking you from a lay person to a certified EMT with a wilderness card. You can even take a three month course that teachings you rock climbing and white water rescue.
This course will take you outdoors, so you need to be ready to get wet, cold, hot, or whatever nature brings as these classes run rain or shine. Depending on which level of the course you take, it will be anywhere from 16 hours long to 90 days long. For the already-certified EMTs out there, these courses also count towards your continuing education requirements for recertification.
If you are trying to learn as much as possible in case of emergencies, this is a great way to go. You learn medical skills that can be used away from hospitals and ambulances, giving you a one up on even nurses who only have clinical experience. These courses will teach you how to do more with less and how to examine a patient without all of the fancy tools blinking and beeping in a doctor’s office. Once you get through one of these courses, you will be better equipped to tactile medical emergencies in the field, on the camping trip, at the ball game, or anywhere else.
These courses can be tough and should not be underestimated. On top of the knowledge gained, you will be hiking with a pack, climbing, and even possibly paddling your own canoe down a river. I guess that’s motivation for me to get off of this computer and run a few laps.
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