BU's Quest sponsors Wilderness First Aid Course

For immediate release: March 16, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — A 16-hour wilderness first aid course covering topics ranging from infections to environmental emergencies will be offered at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School and BU's Quest program are offering the two-day program, which is open to people age 16 and older who travel and work outdoors. The cost per person is $170.

According to Brett Simpson, Quest's associate director, the introductory-level course "is designed to provide outdoor leaders, guides and rangers 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 and information on environmental emergencies. This course does not include CPR.

"A wide range of people have taken this course at Bloomsburg over the years," Simpson said, "including many of our faculty who use the skills on field school days." Upon completion of the course, a two-year Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School first aid certification will be issued.

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.