Last week on Thursday and Friday, we had a wilderness first aid survival course. It was for 16 hours. 8 hours each on Thursday and Friday. The instructor was named Jeremy, and he is from New Hampshire. I learned about “ABCDE”, which stands for Air (or airflow), breathing, circulation, deformity and environment. This is how we treat a patient and the order we should go in.
We also did many outside learning practices with fake injured persons. The one that stood out was with Juanita, Jim (science teacher), John (participant), and others. Juanita’s car was in the middle of the parking lot, parked sideways in the middle. Juanita was laying on the cars hood. It appeared a drunk driver (John) hit her and Jim as well, as he was walking with his walking stick on the side of the road. People had fake blood/injuries on themselves. I was a part of the team helping Jim. I had to hold his head so it wouldn’t move.
Another thing we learned about was writing/using SOAP notes. It is a document that records all the information you received from the patient if they were conscious. It can also record everything you did for a patient (checked vitals, etc). The course was a little tiring, but it was well worth it.