San Antonio Wilderness Herbal First Responder Certification 2020, The Human Path, Thursday, 12. March 2020

The Wilderness Herbal First Responder is 92 hours of Wilderness First Aid combined with remote and post-disaster herbalism. The WHFR also includes a 40-hour WFA certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), CPR certification, and a Wilderness First Responder certification through The Human Path.
This is the merging of the worlds of remote or post-disaster medicine ("ditch medicine") with the world of herbalism and includes most of the herbal information and all (plus some) of the hands-on experience of the Herbal Medic Basic course. PLUS, this course includes all of the wilderness first responder curriculum that allows the student to be a competent first aid provider right from the get-go in the case of illness, injury or even chronic health issue.
This course is geared toward a number of different types of students: • The outdoor enthusiast, camp counselor, outdoor recreational employee who wants in-depth training on injury and illness management in the field.
• The camper, hiker or rock-climber who wants more much more intensive learning, geared toward outdoor environments, than a standard first aid course.
• The prepper (disaster preparedness) who wants to be self-sufficient medically and not even necessarily reliant on orthodox pharmaceuticals.
• The herbalist who wants higher intensity training across the board from wilderness first aid to herbal medicine in a remote environment.
• The emergency medicine professional who wants to expand his/her horizons into indefinite medical care that includes botanical medicines (field herbalism).

Dates: March 12th - 21st, 2020.
Location: San Antnonio, TX. Detailed directions will be emailed out to all enrolled students prior to the course.
Lodging: Free camping to enrolled students on the property. Students are responsible for their own meals, but a meal plan may be available at an additional cost.
Registration will remain open until March 7th, 2020.

Early bird pricing: $750 until 2/6/20. (Online prodessing fees apply)
Check/Money Order Discount: $750 (No processing fees)
Cash Discount: $675

Regular Tuition: $850/student, and includes 3 textbooks and certification cards. (Online processing fees)
Check/Money Order Discount: $850 (No processing fees)
Cash Discount: $765
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The full course includes all of the following skills:

Legal definitions and introduction to Wilderness Medicine
Working in a chronic vs. acute disaster situation
1, 2, 3 person carries and stretcher carries, improvisation with limited equipment
Common backcountry Injuries – The ankle, OTTAWA Rules, establishing CSM
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #1: Ankle wrap (lecture and hands-on)
Shock, Types, Herbs for Shock. 
Bio-regional Plant walk
Introduction to knots and lashings
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #2: Head Injuries (lecture and hands-on)
Primary Survey
Secondary Survey (lecture and hands-on practice)
Bio-regional Herb Lesson: Decoctions in the field
Herbs for Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat Ailments in the Field
Patient Carries: Cocoon wrap (demo and practice)
Herb Lesson: Percolation tincturing in the field (demo and hands-on practice)
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #3:  Shoulder to Ribs
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #4: Occlusive Dressings and their uses 
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #5: Compression Bandages (demo and practice)
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #6: Field Expedient Tourniquets (lecture, demo and practice)
Pelvic Injuries
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #7: Buddy Splinting (demo and hands-on practice)
Bio-Regional Plant Walk
Bandaging/Taping Techniques #8: Traction Splints
Open vs. Closed Fractures (lecture)
Mini Scenarios (hands on practice of skills)
Wound and Infection Management Lecture
4 Stages of Wound Healing
Bio-regional herbs for Wound Management
Precordial Thump 
Heimleich Maneuver: Self-administered, for an upright patient, for a supine patient
Clearing the Airway
CPR in the Field
CPR Basics
CPR and AED testing
Secondary Survey Practical Exercise
The Austere Team: Provider roles in the field. Food allergies. (team exercise)
Environmental Hazards: Heat, Cold, Lightning strikes
Snakes and venomous bites
Spiders and Insects
Poisonous plants in the field
Interactive Team Stations: Wound Closure using Steri-strips and irrigating the wound
EPI pens in the field and anaphylaxis
Sawyer Extractors for venomous bites and stings
Pin-hole glasses for snow blindness
The Austere Team: Provider assessment of team provisions (team exercise #2)
Bandaging/Splinting Techniques #8: Knee testing and wrapping (demo and hands-on practice)
Mini Scenarios: triage exercise
Clearing the C-Spine (Lecture and practice)
Tourniquet Conversion in the field
Knots: The water knot for rescue harnesses
Interactive Team Stations: Creating a rescue harness
Tourniquet conversion
Clearing the C-Spine
Compression bandaging
The Austere Team: Provider assessment and plan for quantities of provisions and necessary gear
Bio-Regional Herb Lesson:  wildcrafting and field medicine preparations
Making activated charcoal, part 1 (hands-on)
Final Exam
Lecture: Emergencies in the field – from drownings to hypoglycemia
Building a first aid kit
Review of final exam
Making activated charcoal, part 2 (hands-on0
Bio-Regional Herb Lesson: completion of field medicine making preparation
Radio and Commo in an austere environment (lecture)
The Austere Team: Provider lecture wrap up of provision amounts, gear and transport (team exercise)
Base Camp Set Up Exercise: interactive team hands-on training
(Working in a post-disaster environment, creating an area of operations for mobile medic teams, the dispatch and holding area, gear inventory, working with emergency radios and establishing clinic, dispatch and mobile rescue teams)
Group Scenarios: post disaster response
10th Day Triage
Establishing of an Incident Command Center
Team Exercise: Triage exercise for emergency with multiple injuries
Completion and Course Graduation

Thursday, 12. March 2020, The Human Path, San Antonio Wilderness Herbal First Responder Certification 2020

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