As outdoors men and women, one thing we hope to never happen, but want to always be prepared for, is part of the group suffering a serious injury while enjoying a gorgeous day in the wild.
Well, lucky for us, our friends at ZA Adventures and a 20+ year paramedic named Matt May of 4 Point Expeditions flew from California to Taipei to put on a weekend long certification course. Our directors and guides took part in this extensive, scenario filled course.
The course is meant for injuries and accidents that occur in the “WILD,” an hour or more away from the nearest trailhead or 1.7 km away from the nearest road access. The skills learned covered the whole process of Primary Assessment, Secondary Assessment, prognosis and treatment of all injuries such as musculoskeletal, shock, hypothermia, heat stroke, bites, stings, and life threatening cuts.
From the get go we were thrown into the scenarios of hikers not breathing, suffering compound bone fractures, spinal injuries and profuse bleeding.
All in all we came out learning an incredible amount about what to do in any medical emergency in the wilderness. We feel comfortable knowing the exact steps to take and the many ways to be resourceful in the outdoors. One take away is to master all of this training, we need practice. But … we sure hope that practice comes on dummies and not in the wild!