Today I began a Wilderness First Responder course at Landmark Learning. The day started at 8AM at the Landmark campus in Cullowhee, NC. Justin, the lead instructor, is the executive director of Landmark and a Paramedic with WestCare. His co-instructor was J-Lo, a Critical Care Nurse at Mission Hospital in Asheville, as well as a WEMT and Landmark instructor. There are 24 course participants who range in age and background. We have a Lawyer from Florida, a college graduate from Wilmington, NC, a computer analyst from Virginia and a school teacher from Nairobi, Africa among the mix. After introductions we jumped right into it. Some of the class time was spent in lectures, and the rest of the time we were participating in mock scenarios. The main focus of the day was on Patient Assessment. By the end of the day we were all feeling great about ABCDE, LOR, HR, RR, SCTM, BP, SAMPLE, and the like. I can’t wait for day 2!
Photo – Dan and Eric show off the wounds they received as patients for one of the afternoon scenarios