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Wilderness first aid: is there an "industry standard"?
Wilderness Environ Med. 2009 Summer; 20(2):113-7.WE

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine if an "industry standard" exists for wilderness first aid training and certification of outdoor adventure/education leaders.

METHODS

Regulatory authorities, national organizations, and school/college groups were queried with regard to their requirements for first aid training of their wilderness trek leaders.

RESULTS

Only 10 of the 22 states with guide licensure programs required any first aid training as a condition of licensure, and none specified a specific course. Of those programs requiring such training, the requirements ranged from a 6-hour standard first aid course to more structured "wilderness first responder" certification.

CONCLUSIONS

There exists no uniform industry standard for first aid training and certification of wilderness leaders. The epidemiology of backcountry injuries as well as what is currently known about clinical skills retention indicate that there may be little evidence basis for much of current practice.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, USA. welcht@upstate.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19594213

Citation

Welch, Thomas R., et al. "Wilderness First Aid: Is There an "industry Standard"?" Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, vol. 20, no. 2, 2009, pp. 113-7.
Welch TR, Clement K, Berman D. Wilderness first aid: is there an "industry standard"? Wilderness Environ Med. 2009;20(2):113-7.
Welch, T. R., Clement, K., & Berman, D. (2009). Wilderness first aid: is there an "industry standard"? Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, 20(2), 113-7. https://doi.org/10.1580/08-WEME-OR-234R1.1
Welch TR, Clement K, Berman D. Wilderness First Aid: Is There an "industry Standard". Wilderness Environ Med. 2009;20(2):113-7. PubMed PMID: 19594213.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Wilderness first aid: is there an "industry standard"? AU - Welch,Thomas R, AU - Clement,Kent, AU - Berman,Dene, PY - 2009/7/15/entrez PY - 2009/7/15/pubmed PY - 2009/9/26/medline SP - 113 EP - 7 JF - Wilderness & environmental medicine JO - Wilderness Environ Med VL - 20 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine if an "industry standard" exists for wilderness first aid training and certification of outdoor adventure/education leaders. METHODS: Regulatory authorities, national organizations, and school/college groups were queried with regard to their requirements for first aid training of their wilderness trek leaders. RESULTS: Only 10 of the 22 states with guide licensure programs required any first aid training as a condition of licensure, and none specified a specific course. Of those programs requiring such training, the requirements ranged from a 6-hour standard first aid course to more structured "wilderness first responder" certification. CONCLUSIONS: There exists no uniform industry standard for first aid training and certification of wilderness leaders. The epidemiology of backcountry injuries as well as what is currently known about clinical skills retention indicate that there may be little evidence basis for much of current practice. SN - 1080-6032 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19594213/Wilderness_first_aid:_is_there_an_"industry_standard" L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/1080-6032-20-2-113 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -