View Full Version : First Aid instructions?

04-22-2014, 16:59
Somewhere online I found a very condensed one-page cheat sheet giving instructions about what to do in case of various common backcountry medical emergencies. It was written by someone with obvious technical skill and was designed for backcountry users.

Can anyone help relocate it?

04-22-2014, 17:06

Not sure which one you're looking for, but there's one.

04-22-2014, 17:57
That's the one! Thanks, Foresight.

04-22-2014, 18:00
My pleasure.

04-22-2014, 20:55
Be aware some of that has changed in the eight years since it was created. (And some medical folks will probably have different interpretations of the best mode, but I think the chart author and I are referring back to the same organization. )

From my very recent WAFA:

Shock is lowered blood volume either through vascular dilation or blood loss. Raising legs can be nice but doesn't do much.

I think tourniquet rules have changed. Pretty sure it can be longer than 10 min. (Think our recommendation was 20 minutes to let the blood vessel hole be patched by clotting blood. Before checking it. New battlefield studies are changing the way we look at tourniquets. But we were recommended to either carry a commercial tourniquet or not use it. Makeshift ones may do more harm than good. But if they're bleeding out ... Still, well aimed direct pressure is the way to go if at all possible. )

Hypothermia - skin to skin is risky because it can lower the temperature of the warm bodied person too much. Again hypothermia - shivering is very efficient vs exercise (recovery time is the same without thermal overshoot) and if shivering is present, wrap them and let them shiver.

04-22-2014, 20:55
Is there an acronym key?

04-22-2014, 21:04
Oh, and pressure points are out. Well aimed direct pressure is in. That means opening a sliced wound and putting a finger on a bleeding vein if need be. (Really. I was kind of surprised with this one. Maybe you're not. After I got over the surprise I realized it made much more sense. )

Take a solid WFA, WAFA, or WFR course. It could save your life. Or your friend's.

I'm hardly qualified to give medical advice. I am repeating information given to me in a WAFA course in February. I just don't want to see ineffective information go out there.

Wise Old Owl
04-22-2014, 21:10
Well I went looking for a bandana that was full of easy instruction then ran across Baden Powels drawings.. kind of sums it up