Quest offers wilderness first aid course at BU

For immediate release: Oct. 15, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — A wilderness first aid program, sponsored by Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Quest program, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, in BU’s Student Recreation Center.

The course, Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder Recertification, is offered by the Wilderness Medicine Institute, a branch of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

The wilderness first aid program is an introductory-level course designed to provide outdoor leaders, guides and rangers with an introduction to first aid and patient care in remote settings. Topics include wound management and infection, realigning fractures and dislocations, improvised splinting techniques, patient monitoring and long-term management problems, plus up-to-date information on environmental emergencies.

The course emphases principles of treatment and decision making. It does not include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. Participants who successfully complete the course will be issued a two-year wilderness first aid certification from the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the NOLS.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.