It was the second day of a three-day 4-Wheeling excursion to the Sweetwater Mountains, just north of Bridgeport, California. We stopped for some sightseeing high on the peak of Mt. Patterson. At 11,674 feet, we marveled at the incredible views. East looking into Nevada are the Bodie Hills and Corey Peak and looking west provides an extensive view of the Sierra Range. It was a beautiful, sunny day. The temperature was in the low 50’s and the wind was unusually calm at the peak.
Unfortunately, not everyone enjoyed the stop. One guest complained of a headache, a brief spell of dizziness when making a quick move to exit the vehicle and felt nausea. He also had a rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath. Talking with the others, I learned that everyone experienced shortness of breath while setting up camp the night before.
The guest said he had asthma but had not had any problems for 10 years. As a result, he did not bring his rescue inhaler. He said cold weather and stress brought on his asthma.
A Helicopter was more than 2 hours away. Do you need to risk a helicopter?
This situation occurred many rough 4WD trail miles and at least 4 hours from any definitive medical treatment. A helicopter was at least two-hour away provided you could contact someone via Satellite phone or Spot/ En Reach.
What is this guest’s problem? What are your assessment plan and anticipated medical problems? What are you going to do? Is this guy going to quit breathing and die?
Without proper training, individuals don’t know what to do when faced a serious medical incident.
This incident reinforces/emphasizes the value for four-wheelers—really, anyone—to learn first aid skills. And because four-wheeling takes place in remote areas, I suggest participants take the Wilderness First Aid class. An added benefit is that this training holds you in good stead in urban areas, as well.
The solution is to take a Wilderness First Aid Class.
If you are interested in taking a Wilderness First Aid Course (WFA), Badlands Off-Road Adventures is sponsoring a 2-day class in March. We engage a professional medical instructor from Wilderness Medical Associates, the certifying agency.
Badlands Off-Road Adventures is sponsoring the Wilderness Advanced First Aid (WAFA) clinic because we feel everyone should be prepared when they go outdoors. This will be the best first aid course you have ever taken. That is unless you go on to the 7-day Wilderness First Responder Class.
The WFA clinic will provide you with skills, knowledge, and training to handle life-threatening medical emergencies and allows you to be better prepared to protect your family in an emergency. Wilderness First Aid is a two-day immersion into general medical concepts and Basic Life Support skills. This course teaches what to do with a medical emergency when help is miles away and calling 911 isn’t an option.
Testimonial by Joe de Kehoe: “The Wilderness First Aid was one of the MOST USEFUL clinics I have ever attended, due in large part to the effort you and Josh put in to make it all possible.”
The clinic will be held March 28th & 29th, 2020 at the Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA) near Gorman, CA. Please reserve the dates on your calendar or sign up today (last year we had to turn away several late registrations). You must be 18 years old to take the clinic.
For More details and to sign up follow this link
Call 310-613-5473 if you need more info or click here.