Wilderness First Aid

One aspect of cruising that’s always been a niggling worry for us is a health emergency.  We’re not often near a big city with healthcare, and are sometimes a day or more away from even a little clinic.  Our solution up till now was to carry a honkin big first aid kit, radio, and register for a ssb to telephone service.

Last weekend we went one step further and took a (intense) 2 day wilderness first aid class where we learned patient assessment, basic treatment, and how to improvise like crazy.  Hopefully we will never need to use any of the major emergency skills we learned, but it’s nice to have the knowledge and muscle memory in a back pocket.  Plus it was fun to play with fake blood and improvise slings out of cloth for a couple of days. 

All slinged up and ready to man the sheets with the right arm on the way in for an X-ray 

 This version needed a little more tweaking before prime time. 

2 thoughts on “Wilderness First Aid

  1. Robert Hawley

    Is this the “…slings and arrows of outrageous fortune..” of which I’ve heard tell? I’ll be here all week, don’t forget to tip your server. But seriously, folks….

    I’m glad you two are arming yourself with this kind of practical (and potentially life-saving) knowledge. Forewarned is forearmed, after all….


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