First Aid in the Wilderness
We’ve all been trying to find the best ways for us to survive in what can often be scary and stressful situations. We stock up food, we make sure that we’ve got enough water, and we get a number of different supplies. We make sure that there’s somewhere to bug out to or we prepare our home in case we’re bugging in. All that being said, emergencies may happen while we’re trying to survive, and people in your survival party may end up getting injured during the process. That’s why it’s important for you, as a prepper, to understand wilderness first aid.
What is Wilderness First Aid?
First off, what is wilderness first aid? If you’ve ever been in scouting of any type, then you’ve likely heard this term before. Many scouts and scout leaders will learn how to do it because of the many camping trips and other adventures that they may end up taking during their time as a scout. In short, it’s learning how to deal with injuries and/or illness in a situation where someone may not be able to get to a hospital or a doctor in a sufficient amount of time.
This goes above and beyond the basic first aid that you may have learned. Sure, as a survivalist, you will have first aid supplies on hand, but they may not be sufficient in case someone breaks a bone or they are trying to fight food poisoning or another issue that may come up. You will have all sorts of supplies on hand, but you will be able to figure out how to use those supplies in nontraditional ways in order to make sure that the person who is injured is taken care of and treated in such a way that will increase the chances of them making it through the problem in question.
Wilderness first aid can teach you and your family how to deal with a survival situation as well – it’s about making good decisions on the fly, because survival situations can cause us to panic and not think as straight as we need to. By learning how to do this, we are more prepared for every aspect of survival, and not just trying to deal with first aid incidents.
As a prepper, this makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Whether you’re bugging in or bugging out, you may end up in a situation where you can’t get yourself or a family member to an emergency facility, or it may be unsafe for you to go venture out in order to try and do so. Because of this, many survivalists have taken the time to try and learn the best ways to take care of their family and friends while in the wilderness.
So What Do I Do In Order to Learn it?
So, as you can see, this is incredibly important for you to learn. You will want to try and get enrolled in a course as soon as possible so you can get the training you need in order to help keep your family safe and protected in an emergency situation. The American Red Cross (or the organization in your country that deals with social welfare and health) offers courses on wilderness first aid on a regular basis because of how much scouting organizations use them. You can also register for other similar courses or find similar setups from other organizations within your region. You may even be able to work with a scouting organization in order to get involved in the learning process.
Also, remember that you should always have several people in your party learn how to perform this type of first aid, just in case the person who has learned it is one of the people that needs the care. That way, you can be assured that someone always knows what is going on, and you don’t have to add to the stress of the situation because you’re trying to explain the techniques to them so that you can be treated. Enroll in a class as soon as possible so that you can feel more secure in your first aid skills, no matter where you end up in an emergency situation.