Backpacking First Aid in the Wilderness can be a tricky thing when you are hours or days from medical attention.
This can be stressful, especially if you do not have any training on the subject.
The purpose of this primer is to equip you, not with training, but with the proper mentality to deal with emergency situations in the backcountry and a couple of basic first aid practices to keep you safe.
Of course there is no substitute for medical training, and if you plan on spending a lot of time in the Wilderness it is always a good idea to get a little basic training.
There are a few options for individuals interested in Backpacking First Aid training for the Wilderness.
Basic Wilderness First Aid: Usually a 2 day course (offered in many colleges across the country).
Wilderness First Responder: (WFR) For more advanced training that includes some basic rescue. Usually a 10 day course (also offered through many colleges and specialized Wilderness medicine schools).
Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician: (WEMT) The highest level of Wilderness medical training. These courses often certify the individual as a Nationally Registered EMT with the “Wilderness add on” (offered by Wilderness medicine schools).
I have included a few links on the bottom of the page to some of these Wilderness Medicine Schools if you are interested in more information on Backpacking First Aid training.