The Wilderness First Aid course that he took this past weekend is a good introductory course: you learn how to treat broken bones, broken spine, head injuries, hypothermia, altitude illness, wounds, bleeding, burns, lightning strikes, insect/spider/snake bites, stroke, shock, heart attack, heat-related illness, allergies, submersion incidents, drowning, sprains, strains, punctures. And a few other things. You go over some basic anatomy and physiology. You learn how to assess an injured person.
To pass the class, you must take an 80-question written test. Hackett does a good job, so he makes sure you are prepared to pass.
Michael learned a lot in the course — but it is a lot to learn and retain. He knows he will have to keep reviewing, practicing, and learning. In the future, he’d like to take the course again and take the 60-hour Wilderness First Responder course.
The instructor was Jan Hackett. In the course, Hackett does some lecture and some hands-on learning. He has a lot of outdoor experience, and has done lots of Wilderness First Aid/First Responder stuff in his lifetime.